U.S. says it will take two years for Venezuela to leave OAS

Acting State Department Spokesperson Mark Toner speaks during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday expressed concern over a plan by Venezuela to pull out of the Organization of American States but said the withdrawal is a two-year process by which time President Nicolas Maduro's current term would have expired.

"The foreign minister's statement has no real practical or immediate effect because withdrawing from the OAS requires up to two years in terms of process, and in this case it would conclude after President Maduro's term had expired," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

He added: "We'd like to see them remain in the OAS but only if they comply (with) OAS standards."

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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