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Joshua Holt case: US sanctions ‘to stay’ despite prisoner release

US Vice-President Mike Pence says sanctions will remain on Venezuela despite the release of a US prisoner and his wife on Saturday.Joshua Holt and his Venezuelan wife Thamy arrived in the US accompanied by Senator Bob Corker, who helped negotiate their release.Mr Holt later met President Donald Trump at the White House.Mr Holt and his wife had been imprisoned in Venezuela for two years on charges of concealing weapons.”Very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family – where he has always belonged,” Mr Pence wrote in a tweet. “Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela.”

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