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US Envoys Fail to Win the Release of Ex-Marine Held in Venezuela

  • Matthew Heath has been been detained since September 2020
  • US Ambassador James Story arrived in Caracas on Monday

A US delegation was unable to secure the release of Matthew Heath, a former US Marine detained in Venezuela, following a four-day trip to the Latin American country, Heath’s family said in a statement.

Discussing the welfare and safety of US nationals was the top priority for the delegation, led by Ambassador for Venezuela James Story and Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens, who arrived Monday and left Thursday. There are at least seven American citizens held in Venezuelan prisons and Heath’s case is of special concern due to his delicate health situation.