"I know it is a hard moment for them", he said, referencing the US diplomats.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the diplomats will continue their "mission from other locations", and said that the situation is only temporary. He said staffers look forward to resuming their presence in Venezuela "once the transition to democracy begins".
American Airlines slashed the few remaining flights between Venezuela and the United States on Friday, a day after US diplomats left the nation reeling from a week-long blackout and water shortages. Venezuela later allowed a skeletal staff to remain at the hilltop U.S. Embassy until Thursday's withdrawal.
A general view of the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela March 14, 2019. Despite this, he said the USA will continue to stand with self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido.
The embassy closure is set to worsen already tattered relations with US President Donald Trump, who has not ruled out military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro as Washington monitors rapidly unfolding events in the oil-rich but crippled South American nation.
James Story, who was the top-ranking USA diplomat in Venezuela, said in a video message that most Venezuelans don't support Maduro and that the government had used "the threat of armed gangs" against its people.
At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino revealed the government has revoked hundred of visas from "Maduro-aligned" Venezuelans over the last four days. Palladino urged any USA citizens left in Venezuela to leave.
He said the United States remains committed to supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido, who wants to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and hold elections.
The country began returning to normal Thursday following a near-total weeklong blackout that the government has blamed on what it calls sabotage encouraged by the US. Meanwhile, Venezuela's attorney general Tarek William Saab announced on Tuesday that he had launched an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaidó over suspicions that he had been involved in the power blackout.
Morales, who is on a visit to Greece, said meddling in the domestic affairs of another country never bodes well.
The US-backed "interim president" of Venezuela Juan Guaido isn't violating the 30-day constitutional limit because the legislature backing him voted to make it not apply, "explained" the US special envoy Elliott Abrams.