After announcing the United States ’decision to grant temporary protection status to Venezuelan immigrants in its territory, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Ariza said tonight that the administration’s next step is
Biden Sanctions must be lifted from Venezuela.
Through the social network Twitter and citing a US government post that referred to the immigration protection measure, Ariza estimated that “it would be consistent that the next step for the new US administration would be the complete lifting of the arbitrary sanctions” against his country.
The diplomat emphasized that unilateral coercive measures “generate pain and suffering for the people of Venezuela.”
Earlier, the Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayuras, classified Venezuela in a state of temporary protection (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022, which will allow Venezuelan residents of the United States to apply for temporary protection.
In addition, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said today: “We are committed to helping Venezuelans in their time of need. That is why the United States is proud to offer our support with temporary protection status.”
In response to the aforementioned statement, Ariaza replied: “Mr. Blinken, for the sake of consistency, the appropriate thing is, as the United Nations has demanded, that your administration immediately lift the harsh punishments that have caused all kinds of hardship and pain to the people.”
The foreign minister also condemned that the measures against his country cause “dangerous restrictions and repercussions on the economy of Venezuela.”