Venezuela leader rejects cordial relations with US
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that Venezuela will not have cordial relations with the United States as long as US diplomats continue what he alleges are attempts to destabilise his country.
He said "new points of contact" can be established, but only if Washington ends such activity.
Mr Maduro's tough talk came a day after he announced the expulsion of the top US diplomat in Venezuela, Charge d'Affaires Kelly Keiderling, and two other embassy officials, alleging they conspired with "the extreme right" to sabotage the economy and power grid.
The United States again on Tuesday rejected the allegations that it is trying to destabilize the South American nation.