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.
At least 30 years had passed since his last visit to Caracas. He had little time to become an expert on moving about in such a complicated metropolis. Whether it was hopping on the subway, finding directions, playing waiting games at public agencies, eating whatever he could and sleeping wherever he could, Guerrero senior had been wandering the streets for 60 days, and thanks to "the boys" he found some sort of relief by way of helping hands.