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.
A group of some 60 Venezuelan economists from across the country and from different generations and backgrounds, has met regularly in the past couple of years and now has brought forth a document explaining the reasons of the current emergency and outlining specific proposals on how to address the serious economic crisis the country has plunged into over the last three years.