Opposition concerned about temporary closure of Embassy in Venezuela

The Opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna, is calling for the government to reverse its decision to temporarily close the Jamaican embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.  

The South American country is currently experiencing social, economic and political turmoil.

Hanna says this latest move by the Government to halt diplomatic relations with Jamaica's long standing ally is shocking and leaves Jamaicans in Venezuela without access to assistance which the embassy would normally provide.

“We have several concerns, most notably is whether or not we are halting, or appear to be halting diplomatic relations in Venezuela, and certainly at this time, we don’t need to be packing up our bags and walking away from Venezuela.” 

She also questioned the timing of the move just before Prime Minister Andrew Holness meets with US President Donald Trump.

The embassy is to be closed on April 1.

Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith said the closure follows significant challenges the Ministry and the embassy have been experiencing in operations at the post for some time.


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