Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on August 16 that he would withdraw the country's ambassador from Egypt because of the conflict there and confrontations between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the defacto government, which has seen over 700 people killed.
"We have witnessed a blood bath in Egypt." Maduro said. "We warned that the coup against Morsi was unconstitutional ... the responsible party for what is occuring in Egypt is the empire."
He said: "The United States doesn't have friends, it has interests, and what it wants is to control the planet".
Maduro reiterated: "We are against a blood bath in Egypt, it is a set-back that is going to cost a lot to our brothers, the Arabic people."
[Abridged from Telesur. Translated for Venezuela Analysis by Tamara Pearson.]