President classifies episode as “unacceptable” during Celac’s virtual summit to address the situation this Tuesday (April 16)

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) suggested this Tuesday (April 16, 2024) that the government of Ecuador make a formal apology for the invasion of the Mexican Embassy in Quito. The PT member classified the episode as “unacceptable”.

“A formal apology from Ecuador is a first step in the right direction. I also think that Bolivia’s proposal to form a commission made up of Celac countries is positive. [Comunidade de Estados Latino-Americanos e Caribenhos]to monitor the evolution of the situation and health of former vice-president Jorge Glas with the Ecuadorian government”said Lula in a speech after participating in the Celac virtual summit.

According to Lula, nothing justifies the invasion of the embassy in Quito. “A measure of this nature had never occurred, not even in the worst moments of disunity and misunderstanding recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean. Not even in the dark times of military dictatorships on our continent”said the Chief Executive in a video released by Palácio do Planalto.

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The meeting was called by the president of Honduras and Celac, Xiomara Castro, to discuss the invasion of the embassy.

After the meeting, the PT member stated that he was “fundamental” that the entity works to reestablish dialogue and normalize relations between Ecuador and Mexico.


On April 5, Ecuadorian police raided the Mexican embassy in Quito and arrested former Ecuadorian vice president Jorge Glas at the Mexican embassy.

Glas is accused of embezzlement (appropriating or diverting public property for his own benefit or that of third parties) by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The day after the episode, Lula showed solidarity with Mexico. In a post made on X (formerly Twitter), the PT member shared a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which also condemned the police action.

In the note, Itamaraty stated that the episode was a violation and a “serious precedent”which should be the target of “repudiation”.

Afterwards, Lula again criticized the invasion of the embassy, ​​calling the episode a “serious violation of international law”.


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