ambassador-bernardo-alvarez-.jpgVenezuela has condemned the United States’ revocation of its ambassador’s visa, saying this is an “imperial” move by President Barack Obama’s government.


The move comes after Washington withdrew the visa of Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez on Wednesday after the rejection by Venezuelan leader, President Hugo Chavez of Obama’s nominated envoy to Caracas.


President Chavez said Washington should be immediately overturn its decision as it could further strain the alreadly delicate relations between US and Venezuela.

Despite the diplomatic row, neither of the two countries is expected to risk jeopardising trade ties, principally oil, which is crucial to both nations’ economies.

Venezuela, which is an OPEC member, is one of the top 5 oil suppliers to the US, exporting 930,000 barrels per day of crude and products in October, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Chavez has reportedly accused Obama of disillusioning the world by following his predecessor, George W. bush’s foreign policies.