TEHRAN, May 23 (Press Shia Agency) – In a televised address, President Nicolas Maduro gave the diplomats, Todd D. Robinson, who is the United States Embassy’s chargé d’affaires, and Mr. Robinson’s No. 2, Brian Naranjo, 48 hours to leave, declaring them both persona non grata.

President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top US diplomats in Caracas in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela’s widely-condemned election, accusing them of a ‘conspiracy’ that was denied by the State Department, New York Times reported.

“This is in protest, in defense of Venezuelan dignity! Enough with the conspiracies,” Mr. Maduro said at an event where officials certified his re-election to a term ending in 2025.