U.S. not seeking immediate suspension of Venezuela from regional bloc: U.S. official

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Posted: Mar 28, 2017 10:14 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is not seeking the immediate suspension of Venezuela from the Organization of American States, which is meeting on Tuesday to discuss the country's political and economic crisis, a senior State Department official said.

"Our goal for the special session is not immediate suspension," said Michael Fitzpatrick, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for the western hemisphere. "We encourage Venezuela to participate in a productive discussion on ways to solve the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela."

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)