The Break in Relations: Venezuela Closes Embassy in Ecuador Amid Diplomatic Crisis

2024-04-16 18:44:56

This break in relations occurs in the midst of the diplomatic crisis between Ecuador and Mexico, but Nicolás Maduro’s decision also blocks the participation of migrants in the next presidential elections.

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduroannounced this April 16, that it ordered the closing of the Embassy in Quito and the consulates in Quito and Guayaquil and that diplomatic personnel immediately return to their country, in response to the assault on the Mexican Embassy.

This was confirmed at the virtual meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), where he also reiterated his solidarity with the government of Mexican President Andrés López Obrador.

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Maduro’s decision comes despite the almost half a million Venezuelan migrants which are in Ecuador. And in the middle of an electoral contest where the Venezuelan opposition has been prevented from participating on equal terms.

It is so behind the breakup of relationships with Ecuador is the off-side for the ones migrants in the country can register and participate in the next presidential electionJuly 28.

Maduro gave the order to charge d’affaires -head of the Venezuelan diplomatic mission in Ecuador-, Pedro Sassone, to return to the Caribbean nation “until international law is expressly restored.”

The action of President Daniel Noboa of “assaulting the territory of Mexico” and “beating its diplomatic personnel”, as well as “capturing, tying up, torturing former vice president Jorge Glas has been an act of barbarism,” said Maduro.

“Must be restored the (former) vice president Jorge Glas to the Mexican Embassyrecognize his political asylum, give him approval and travel to recover his physical health from torture, in Mexico,” he added.

After the breaking of relations decreed by Mexico, only Nicaragua and Venezuela have joined the measure.

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