Venezuela gives three U.S. diplomats 48 hours to leave country

02/17/2014 3:32 PM

02/17/2014 3:47 PM

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Elías Jaua gave three U.S. diplomats 48 hours to leave the country as he accused them of fanning the flames of student protests that have rattled the country for more than a week.

In a press conference Monday, Jaua said the three consular officers had been meeting with university students under the guise of offering U.S. visas, when they’re real mission was to make contact with student leaders and provide training.

The U.S. State Department called the allegations “baseless and false.”

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