German minister: Envoys helped prevent Guaido arrest

German minister: Envoys helped prevent Guaido arrest

BERLIN (AP) — The presence of foreign diplomats at the Caracas airport earlier this week helped prevent the arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, Germany’s foreign minister said Thursday.

Heiko Maas said he expressly asked Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela, Daniel Kriener, to join other envoys at the airport on Monday.

He told reporters in Berlin on that “there was information that he (Guaido) was meant to be arrested there, and I think the presence of various ambassadors contributed to helping prevent this arrest.”

On Wednesday, the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced it was giving Kriener 48 hours to leave the country, a move seen as a response to Germany’s support for Guaido.

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