US sanctions four Venezuelan officials

Friday, 19. July 2019 21:05

The United States imposed another set of sanctions against Venezuela, targeting four current or former officials over their association with President Nicolas Maduro, the State Department said in a statement on Friday.

"The United States sanctioned four officials of the Maduro-aligned General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence, known as DGCIM, pursuant to E.O. 13692, as amended, for being current or former Maduro-aligned officials. They are Division General Rafael Ramon Blanco Marrero, Colonel Hannover Esteban Guerrero Mijare, Major Alexander Enrique Granko Arteaga, and Colonel Rafael Antonio Franco Quintero," the statement noted.

Washington once again accused Maduro and his associates of "human rights abuses" and called for a shift in power in the South American country. "The United States will stand by interim President Juan Guaido and the National Assembly until all the people of Venezuela are free from repression and democracy is restored," the State Department stressed.

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