MADRID, Jan. 2 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Deputy Minister of Citizen Security of Bolivia, Wilson Santamaría, said Wednesday that the government of the country “is clear that the ties of friendship” with Mexico and Spain “are unbreakable.”
“The Government is clear that the ties of friendship with Mexico and Spain are unwavering, they are peoples with whom we have alliances, especially Spain in social matters, education, health and several other programs that will not be affected,” said Santamaría, according to collected the Bolivian news agency ABI.
Bolivia proceeded on Monday to declare non-grata people to the Mexican ambassador to La Paz, María Teresa Mercado, as well as to the charge of business of Spain with Bolivia, Cristina Borreguero, and the consul of Spain in Bolivia, Álvaro Fernández, in response to the incident recorded on Friday, when according to the Bolivian government, Spanish diplomats arrived at the Mexican residence accompanied by hooded and “allegedly armed” men.
From the Government of the interim president, Jeanine Áñez, the fear has been expressed that the purpose of the visit was to remove from the Mexican residence some of the senior officials of the Government of Evo Morales who took refuge there after the resignation of the mandatory on October 10.
The Spanish Government initially indicated that the business manager had made a “courtesy visit” to the Mexican ambassador and made sure that the objective of the same was not to help leave the former high-ranking refugee positions in the residence.
However, the Spanish Executive proceeded to expel three Bolivian representatives at his Embassy in Madrid as a measure of reprisal for the expulsion of the two Spanish diplomats in La Paz, which he described as “hostile gesture.”
On the other hand, the Bolivian Government has announced the sending of a “high representative” to its Embassy in Spain.
“Bolivia wishes to overcome this impasse as soon as possible and maintain close relations with the Kingdom of Spain, within the framework of traditional respect and friendship that have always characterized them. For this purpose, the Constitutional Government of Bolivia will accredit at the Embassy of Bolivia in Madrid to a high diplomatic representative, “the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in an official note.