Spain Declares Venezuela Envoy Persona Non Grata in Strict Reciprocity

Jan 28, 2018, 00:15
Spain Declares Venezuela Envoy Persona Non Grata in Strict Reciprocity

The Venezuelan administration also recalled its own ambassador from Madrid, Mario Isea, after Spain declared him "persona non grata" on Friday.

"The government responds proportionally, and therefore has decided in the principle of reciprocity, to declare "persona non grata" Venezuela's ambassador to Spain", he said.

Less than 24 hours after the diplomatic spat first erupted in connection with sanctions being enacted against Venezuela by the European Union, Isea was given notice that he had three days to pack his bags and leave the country: the same time the Spanish minister was given to leave Caracas.

On Monday the European Union announced measures targeting people in charge of security forces accused of widespread abuses, particularly during the 2017 anti-government protests.

Venezuela alleged the Spanish diplomat was responsible for interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs.

The Venezuelan ambassador is not now in Spain, because he had been recalled for consultations with the Venezuelan government, de Vigo noted.

Spain wants to maintain a relationship based on mutual respect, friendship and cooperation, Fernandez said, but decisions by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro "make it hard to realize this hope".

A staunch critic of Maduro, Rajoy has been an outspoken supporter of sanctions on Venezuela.

Venezuela on Thursday said the Spanish ambassador to Caracas, Jesús Silva Fernández, was to be expelled, given what it called Spain's "aggressions".

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron today called for harsher European sanctions against Venezuela and urged the South American country's trading partners to follow suit in a bid to increase pressure on the regime of Nicolas Maduro.

The Venezuelan government made the declaration in a communique published by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

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