Venezuela Expelling Three U.S. Diplomats

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday he was expelling three U.S. diplomats he accused of meeting with opposition leaders and seeking to destabilize the OPEC nation.

“I’ve told the foreign minister … to proceed with their immediate expulsion from the country. They have 48 hours to leave the country,” Maduro said during a broadcast.

“Get out of Venezuela! Gringos go home! … I’m not going to allow any action that stirs violence in this country.”

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas did not have any immediate comment on the announcement.

Maduro has for weeks been denouncing a Washington-backed “economic war” that has led to product shortages and blackouts.

His critics say those problems are the result of an inefficient currency control system and underinvestment in the country’s power grid.