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The Trump administration stopped all commercial passenger and cargo flights to Venezuela on Wednesday in the light of the deteriorating security conditions, the recent social unrest and political turbulence, which the South American nation.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan stated that “the conditions in Venezuela, the safety and security of passengers, aircraft and crew,” said a DHS statement threatening. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo approved the suspension, and the Transport Secretary Elaine Chao implemented.
“This provision is based on the continuing political instability and increasing tensions in Venezuela and the related unintended risks of flight operations,” the statement said.
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Most U.S. airlines already fly stopped to Venezuela because of security concerns in and around the airports. American Airlines was the last stop on his activities in March after the U.S. state Department warned stay travelers away from the country. Delta Airlines suspended flights to Venezuela in the year 2017.
In April, the Federal Aviation Administration pilots from flying banned below 26,000 feet in the Venezuelan air space.
Earlier this year, the State Department ordered him to leave all non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, the country, a day after President Nicolas Maduro said he gave the diplomats to leave in 72 hours.
On Wednesday, the announcement came as Venezuelans have to fight in the streets with the military and the police in nationwide protests. The oil-rich nation has been struggling with rising inflation and the lack of food and medicine.
More than 3 million Venezuelans fled the country in the last few years.
Maduro has struggled to stay in power in the midst of growing opposition and international pressure for him to step down. National Assembly President Juan Guaido declared himself the head of the country a few months ago, and is recognised as interim President by at least 50 Nations, including the United States
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In an effort to pressure on Maduro, the trump administration last week imposed sanctions against Venezuela advanced to his defense, and security services sectors, Reuters.
The Department of Homeland Security, said the suspension will remain in force, to improve the conditions in Venezuela.