Venezuela expels diplomatic personnel from El Salvador


The Venezuelan government announced on Sunday the expulsion of the diplomatic corps of El Salvador “in accordance with the principle of reciprocity”, hours after the Salvadoran authorities applied the same measure to Venezuelan diplomats.

“Venezuela expels diplomatic personnel from El Salvador in Caracas,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced in a statement.

Venezuela expels diplomatic personnel from El Salvador
Venezuela expels diplomatic personnel from El Salvador

The Venezuelan Government “has decided to declare unpleasant persons to the members of the diplomatic staff of the Republic of El Salvador in Caracas, giving them a period of 48 hours to leave Venezuelan territory.”

“The Salvadoran authorities are not seeking anything other than providing a meager oxygen balloon to the waning US strategy of intervention and economic blockade against the people of Venezuela,” according to the text.

The minister, on the same note, has accused the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, of “officially assuming the sad pawn role of US foreign policy, by giving oxygen to his strategy of aggression against the Venezuelan people.”

Hours earlier, the Salvadoran government had announced its decision to expel Venezuelan diplomats by being “consistent” with the “repeated statements” of President Bukele, in which he does not recognize the legitimacy of the Government of Nicolás Maduro, according to the Government statement that The Salvadoran president has spread through his Twitter account.

In addition, the decision “is also in accordance with the vote that the Salvadoran representation issued, along with 20 other member countries of the Organization of American States, on August 28,” said the Government of El Salvador.

In that vote, El Salvador recalls, a resolution was passed that supports the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, where it was concluded that the Maduro Government “makes systematic violations of Human Rights against Venezuelans.”

In parallel, the Government of El Salvador has also recognized the legitimacy of the self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, “while free elections are held, in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution,” according to the statement.

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