Spain to expel Venezuela's ambassador as 'persona non grata'

28 January, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Spain to expel Venezuela's ambassador as 'persona non grata'

The Spanish government decided on Friday to declare Mario Isea, the Venezuelan ambassador, a persona non grata "in strict reciprocity" following Caracas' decision to expel the Spanish ambassador, El Pais newspaper reported.

Rajoy said that it was "sensible and reasonable" for Spain to lead the political movement in the European Union against the Venezuelan situation because "it is its obligation and someone has to help" Venezuelans in the face of "Mr. (Nicolas) Maduro's brutal decisions and his way of understanding democracy", referring to the Venezuelan president.

Spain on Friday told the Venezuelan ambassador to leave the country within 72 hours as a diplomatic spat between the two countries escalated.

Isea's expulsion came a day after Venezuela ordered Spanish ambassador Jesus Silva Fernandez to leave the South American country by Sunday.


The EU is in "full solidarity with Spain", Ray said.

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". The individuals subject to the new sanctions included Interior Minister Nestor Reverol, the head of the Supreme Court Maikel Moreno, Attorney General Tarek William Saab, National Bolivarian Intelligence Director Gustavo Lopez, electoral authority head Tibisay Lucena, former National Guard commander Antonio Benavides Torres, and the ruling socialist party's Vice President, Diosdado Cabello.

"What does Mariano Rajoy want?"

The EU has expressed concern over human rights violations during anti-government protests, which saw over 100 deaths. Venezuela said on Thursday it was expelling the Spanish ambassador from Caracas in response to Spanish "aggressions", Reuters said.

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