CARACAS, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The Venezuelan government announced Tuesday that two U.S. military attaches have been expelled from Venezuela for participating in illegal acts that promote destabilization of the nation.
The government announced through the vice president, Nicolas Maduro, and the foreign minister, Elias Jaua, the expulsion of the two military attaches of U.S. embassy in Caracas, David Del Monaco and David Kostal.
The Venezuelan government had discovered that the U.S. diplomat David Del Monaco had acted against Venezuela's military, by getting in touch with officers and proposing a plan to destabilize the South American country, Maduro said in a televised speech after a meeting of the political and military leadership of the Bolivarian Revolution in Caracas
Meanwhile, Jaua recalled in later statements to journalists from state media that the U.S. military attaches David Del Monaco and Deblin Costal were declared persona non grata and must leave the country within the next 24 hours.
The two diplomats were expelled for contacting Venezuelan military and proposing plots to destabilize the Bolivarian National Armed Forces of Venezuela, Jaua said.
"We will not allow any foreign interference in our country, who believe that the situation of grief over the health of President Chavez will translate into weakness," he said.
Jaua also reported that investigations will focus on U.S. connection with domestic opposition groups.
"We will investigate their relationship with the corrupt right groups, whose representative was in New York when they made contacts with Venezuelan military," he said.
He insisted that these measures show the government's willingness to defend national sovereignty, independence, peace and tranquillity of the Venezuelans.