Tue, 18 Jun 2019

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina reiterated its support for Venezuelas opposition leader Friday by issuing diplomatic credentials to a new delegate and officially announcing its withdrawal from the regional UNASUR bloc, which has been criticized over its lack of action on Venezuela.

Diplomatic credentials were delivered by the Argentine Foreign Ministry to Elisa Trotta Gamus, who will represent Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Argentina, according to a government statement.

Representatives from the Argentine Foreign Ministry and the Venezuelan embassy in Argentina did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Argentina, which has a diplomatic mission from the government of President Nicolas Maduro, recognized Guaido as Venezuelas interim president in January.

Argentina also announced Friday it was the latest country to withdraw from the regional UNASUR bloc, which was launched by Venezuelas late socialist leader Hugo Chavez but has splintered over his countrys crisis under his embattled successor, Maduro.

In March, the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru signed a declaration in Santiago to create a new regional bloc of nations.

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