(Caribbean 360 News) CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela is turning its back on the Organization of American States (OAS) because of what it says is the hemispheric body’s meddling in its affairs.

Yesterday, it formally presented an official letter to begin the process of pulling out of the bloc of which it is a founding member.

“Today, we formalize and present the letter to definitely pull out of this organization,” Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said in a press conference from the Foreign Ministry’s office in Caracas.

“We will defend the self-determination of our people,” she declared.

The action came on the heels of bitter objections raised by the Nicolas Maduro administration after OAS ambassadors approved a resolution convening a special meeting of regional foreign ministers to discuss the Venezuelan crisis.

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