"The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is jubilant to announce the return of our diplomat to his homeland... Alex Saab is a victim of repression by the U.S. government," the official statement reads.

U.S. President Joe Biden previously confirmed the release of ten U.S. citizens detained in Venezuela.

In addition, according to Biden, Leonard Francis, who fled the United States before he was convicted in a bribery and corruption case, was extradited from Venezuela.

In November, Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro announced that the United States must be held accountable for the kidnapping of diplomat Alex Saab before negotiations with the right-wing opposition could resume.