US lifts sanctions on general who broke ranks

US lifts sanctions on general who broke ranks
# 08 May 2019 04:46 (UTC +04:00)

The US has lifted sanctions on a Venezuelan general who broke ranks from the Nicolás Maduro regime, saying it hoped it would push others to follow, ONA reports citing BBC.

Vice-President Mike Pence on Tuesday said the US would "consider sanctions relief for all those who step up".

Mr Pence reiterated US support for opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has been recognised by more than 50 nations as Venezuela's "interim president".

Mr Guaido is challenging the legitimacy of President Maduro.

US sanctions will be lifted on Manuel Cristopher Figuera, Venezuela's former intelligence chief.

"We hope the action that our nation is taking today will encourage others to follow the example of General Cristopher Figuera and members of the military who have also stepped forward," Mr Pence said in a speech at the US state department.

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