Venezuela's Maduro cuts ties with Colombia amid border conflict

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By Dennis Romero, Reuters and Associated Press

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela cut off diplomatic ties with neighbor Colombia after that nation was used to stage U.S.-backed humanitarian aid that he has vowed to block.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by President Trump as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, was in Colombia for a concert organized by billionaire Richard Branson.

“We can’t keep putting up with Colombian territory being used for attacks against Venezuela,” Maduro said at a rally Saturday. “For that reason I’ve decided to sever all ties with the fascist government of Colombia. All consul employees should leave within 24 hours. Out! Get out. Enough is enough.”