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Maduro permits FBI agents conditional Venezuela entry to probe assassination attempt

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is pictured during the XXIV Forum of Sao Paulo meeting in Havana on July 17, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that he will permit FBI agents to aid in the investigation into the recent assassination attempt against him.

If Washington confirms "the offer for the FBI to investigate links in Florida with the assassination plan... I would agree for the FBI to come here," said Maduro on Sunday.

Following the attack Maduro blamed "terrorist cells" in Florida led by a man called Osman Delgado Tabosky.

Maduro's announcement came several days after Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that the IS charge d'affairs in Caracas, James Story, had said is government was willing to "cooperate" in the investigation failed assassination.   

On Friday, Venezuela called on the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to arrest an opposition legislator exiled in Colombia and accused of involvement in an apparent assassination attempt on Maduro.

The Venezuelan government’s request for an Interpol red notice, which is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition, follows what Venezuelan officials said was a drone assassination attempt on Maduro on August 4, when he was giving a speech at a military parade in capital Caracas.

Two explosives-laden drones flew toward Maduro as he was attending the event, Venezuelan authorities said at the time. When a detonation occurred, soldiers were seen running away in panic. Maduro and his wife as well as top government officials escaped unharmed from the purported assassination attempt.

Venezuelan police have so far arrested a number of suspects whom they accuse of involvement with support from Colombia and from unidentified figures in the US.

Both the US and Colombia denied the accusation.

Venezuela is beset by political and economic crises. Political bickering has turned into armed violence and unrest, which last year killed some 120 people from both the pro- and anti-government camps.

There has also been massive inflation, and basic commodities such as foodstuffs and medicine have been short on the market, forcing many people to emigrate.

The Venezuelan president often claims that the US, which has imposed sanctions against officials in his government, is orchestrating attempts to topple him as part of a wider offensive against Latin American leaders defying the US hegemony.

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