In Venezuela Feud, US Yanks Ambassador's Visa
The move is a response to Venezuela's rejection of US envoy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2010 6:10 AM CST
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez looks on during the opening ceremony of the IV Summit of the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR, in Georgetown, Guyana, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

(Newser) – The US and Venezuela aren’t playing nice in the sandbox: The US has revoked the visa of Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuelan ambassador since 2003, following Venezuela's Dec. 20 rejection of American envoy Larry Palmer. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has refused to welcome Palmer since July, when Palmer angered him by criticizing Venezuela, Bloomberg reports. “We have taken appropriate, proportional, and reciprocal action” to Venezuela’s rejection of Palmer, says a State Department spokesperson.