Antigua and Barbuda Sticks With Venezuela

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne

Tuesday 12th June, 2018-Prime Minister Gaston Browne has reiterated that Antigua and Barbuda will not support any effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office.

His comments follow last week’s move by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro to suspend Venezuela from the organization, accusing the Maduro regime of disrupting democracy.

In addition to the suspension, there are calls for tough sanctions to be imposed on the Venezuelan Government.

Though Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the OAS, Prime Minister Browne has declared that his government will not be party to such a move towards a country, which Antigua and Barbuda has strong diplomatic ties.

Prime Minister Browne is unmoved by the criticisms his country will face from nations who are pushing for the resolution to suspend Venezuela. He  said the stance his government has taken is in the best interest of the country.

Venezuela began the process in 2017 to leave the OAS. That process is expected to be completed in 2019.