Venezuela expels EU ambassador and gives her 72 hours to leave the country

EU Ambassador in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante, together with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza moments before being declared persona non grata.  Photo: AP

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EU Ambassador in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante, together with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza moments before being declared persona non grata. Photo: AP

The government of Nicolás Maduro I declare person not grateful a Isabel Brilhante, the ambassador of the European Union in Caracas, in response to the sanctions imposed against 19 officials of his administration last Monday, February 22.

The announcement was made official by the Chancellor, Jorge Arreaza, who explained that the Portuguese diplomat must leave the Latin American country in the next 72 hours. “Today by decision of President Nicolás Maduro we have handed over to Mrs. Isabel Brilhante (…) the declaration as persona non grata,” he said in a statement to the press after meeting with her.

Previously, the Secretary of State had rejected the measures imposed by the European bloc and pointed out that the government of Caracas rejects the decision that “arbitrarily imposes unilateral coercive measures ”against officials.

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According to Arreaza, the decision to adopt the sanctions expresses the “frustration” of the EU at the failure of its “aggression against our people”.

Yesterday, the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, had requested the Miraflores Palace to take that measure and also requested the close your legation office.

Rodríguez also summoned the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, to “sanction all” the members of the Venezuelan Parliament. “It would be an honor,” he said.

EU sanctions

The ministers of the European Union determined that “in view of the serious situation that persists in Venezuela, nineteen persons on the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures ”.

Thus, the number of Venezuelans who are subject to sanctions from the European bloc amounts to 55.

“The people added to the list are responsible, in particular, for undermining the electoral rights of the opposition and the democratic functioning of the National Assembly, and for serious violations of human rights and restrictions of fundamental freedoms,” said the ministers of Foreign EU a joint statement.

The organism does not recognize the result of the legislative elections held in December in Venezuela, boycotted by the opposition, and therefore dThe legitimacy of the National Assembly arising from these elections is hidden.

Protest letters

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister also delivered protest letters to diplomats from France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands shortly after announcing the expulsion of the Brussels ambassador.

Arreaza, asked to “re-evaluate” the positions of the EU and its members vis-à-vis Venezuela in a meeting with the French ambassador in Caracas, Romain Nadal, and diplomatic representatives of Berlin, Madrid and Amsterdam.

“As today we said goodbye, bye in Portuguese, because Mrs. Brihlante is of Portuguese origin, we don’t want to have to say goodbye, Goodbye The goodbye”Said the Venezuelan Foreign Minister.

“Hopefully the conversation we have had with these ambassadors and managers has been worthwhile,” he said.

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