Brazil to Close Caracas Embassy in Bid to Further Isolate Maduro

Diplomatic pressure remains a key element of the strategy to topple Maduro, even though Guaido’s campaign appears to have lost momentum in recent months, the official said. There are currently around 15 foreign ministry employees and attaches in the Caracas embassy.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Bloomberg) Brazil plans to withdraw its diplomatic personnel from Venezuela in the latest attempt to increase the isolation of the government of Nicolas Maduro, a senior official said.

A Brazilian government official, who is directly involved in the process but is not allowed to discuss it publicly, said that Brazilian and pro-Maduro officials will start discussing their respective diplomatic representations as early as next week. Brazil expects to withdraw its officials from Caracas in two months, the person said.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a U.S. ally, recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate . . .

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