The United States leaves a United Nations disarmament conference as Venezuela took its turn taking the seat of the rotating chair, according to a Reuters report.
The U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood left the forum Tuesday in Geneva shortly after Venezuela assumed the chair.
Wood weighed in on his decision to leave the conference suggesting his decision was made to protest “these types of states from presiding over international bodies.”
Wood continued by saying a representative from interim leader Juan Guaido’s government should assume the role since former President Nicolas Maduro is no longer recognized as the legitimate leader by a series of countries around the world.
Guaido declared himself the interim president earlier this year and has since been recognized by the United States and other nations around the globe as the legitimate leader.
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Former leader Maduro maintains control of the state institutions and refuses to give up power despite Guaido’s international support.
The U.S. has vowed in recent months to aid Venezuela in the transition to democracy as its people continue to suffer from food and medicine shortages.
This is not the first time the U.S. has walked out of the forum to protest the nation assuming the rotating role- just last year, the U.S. left the conference after Syria assumed the chair.