Venezuela breaks diplomatic relations with Colombia over aid, Maduro says – Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had broken relations with Colombia and would expel some Colombian diplomatic staff after Colombia assisted the opposition’s efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the country.

“Patience is exhausted, I can’t bare it anymore, we can’t keep putting up with Colombian territory being used for attacks against Venezuela. For that reason, I have decided to break all political and diplomatic relations with Colombia’s fascist government,” Maduro said in a speech.

He said the ambassador and consular staff would have to leave Venezuela within 24 hours.

Reporting by Fabian Cambero; Writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Sarah Marsh

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