BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina reiterated its support for Venezuela’s opposition leader on Friday 2018 issuing diplomatic credentials to a new delegate and officially announcing its withdrawal from the regional UNASUR bloc, which has been criticized over its lack of action on Venezuela.

Diplomatic credentials were delivered 2018 the Argentine Foreign Ministry to Elisa Trotta Gamus, who will represent Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Argentina, according to a government statement.

Representatives from the Argentine Foreign Ministry and the Venezuelan embassy in Argentina did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Argentina, which already has a diplomatic mission from the government of President Nicolas Maduro, recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president in January.

Argentina also announced on Friday it was the latest country to withdraw from the regional Unasur bloc, which was launched 2018 Venezuela’s late socialist leader Hugo Chavez but has splintered over his country’s crisis under his embattled successor, Maduro.

In March, the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru signed a declaration in Santiago to create a new regional bloc of nations.

Reporting 2018 Maximilian Heath; writing 2018 Cassandra Garrison; Editing 2018 Sandra Maler

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