Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei has cut diplomatic ties with Venezuela, ordering the closure of its embassy in Caracas. 

The decision came on Thursday, days after Giammattei assumed the presidential post on Tuesday with an inauguration ceremony, attended by a delegation representing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

“We have instructed the foreign minister that the only person left in the embassy in Venezuela should return and that we definitively end relations with the government of Venezuela,” Giammattei said, according to local daily Prensa Libre.

“We are going to close the embassy,” he added.

“The Italian citizen who presides over

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