Obama reaffirms support for the Venezuelan people after Chavez's death
"Now that Venezuela opens a new chapter in its history, the United States reaffirms its commitment to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights," said the US president
"The United States reaffirms its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan Government," the official statement read, hours after Caracas evicted two US Embassy military attachés, said AFP.
"In this critical time after the death of President Chávez, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people," said the document.
"Now that Venezuela opens a new chapter in its history, the United States reaffirms its commitment to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights," the communiqué wrapped up.
The death of Chávez, 58, was announced Tuesday a few hours after two military attachés were expelled from Caracas by Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, who accused them of seeking contacts with the armed forces to destabilize the regime.
Why did Gerardo come to Caracas? One day he took the decision, handed the car keys to his father, gave him his share of the cloth business they both owned in San Cristóbal and kissed his wife and two sons goodbye. "He told us he was going to continue fighting for Venezuela," the wife says. That was in mid-2013. He has been imprisoned since May 8, 2014.