Venezuela announced this Tuesday (16) the closure of consulates and its embassy in Ecuador, in retaliation for the government of Daniel Noboa for the invasion of the Mexican embassy on April 5th and the arrest of former Ecuadorian vice-president Jorge Glas. .

“I ordered the closure of our embassy in Ecuador, the closure of the consulate in Quito, the immediate closure of the consulate in Guayaquil and the immediate return of diplomatic personnel to Venezuela,” said Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at a meeting of the Community of Latin States -Americans and Caribbeans (Celac).

Maduro called for Jorge Glas’ political asylum status, granted by the Mexican government the day before the embassy invasion, to be restored, and declared that he “fully” supports Mexico’s request to the International Court of Justice for Ecuador to be expelled from UN.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador asked for Celac’s support in the complaint against Ecuador before the ICJ this Tuesday (16). “We would like to propose to Celac members, if they consider it viable or feasible, that they join us in signing the complaint before the International Court of Justice. Mexico is not a protectorate or a colony of any foreign country,” he stated.

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Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva defended that a formal public apology from Ecuador would be a “first step” towards resolving the crisis and classified the invasion of Mexican diplomatic space as “unacceptable”.

“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. What happened in Quito, on the 5th, is simply unacceptable and it doesn’t just affect Mexico. It concerns all of us.”

Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho


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