CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that he has cancelled his plan to take part in the UN General Assembly in New York after receiving intelligence that his life was in danger.
On Wednesday, Maduro who has just returned from his visit to China, said that during a layover in Vancouver, he received intelligence on what he said were “two highly serious provocations”, which impelled him to miss the UN meeting. However, he said that he would not reveal details of the plot or where he received the information, the Associated Press reports.
“When I got to Vancouver I evaluated the intelligence which we received from several sources. I decided then and there to continue back to Caracas and drop the New York trip to protect a key goal: safeguarding my physical integrity, protecting my life,” Maduro told local media.
On the first leg of his trip to China, Maduro claimed that Washington officials had banned his plane from the U.S. airspace, which he described as a “serious offence.”
The U.S. State Department denied the allegation, blaming the confusion on administrative procedures.
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