Maduro rejects Spanish PM´s comments in support of Venezuelan sanctions

28 January, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Essie Rivera
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"With the declaration of "persona non grata" to Ambassador Silva Fernandez, Venezuela - under the regime of Nicolas Maduro - is turning its back on what is a historical relationship from the very genesis of our homeland, forgetting that one of our roots is Hispanic", the Spanish government said in a statement.

Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo told reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting Friday that Isea was being expelled "in a strict application of the rule of reciprocity".

Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis said the decision was regrettable.

"We will not accept aggressions from governments subordinated to U.S. imperialism", Arreaza said, adding that Spain exerted "interventionist and colonialist aggression".

Venezuela alleged the Spanish diplomat was responsible for interfering in Venezuela's internal affairs.

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Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, controlled by government's representatives, agreed on Tuesday to call for presidential elections in the first four months of 2018.

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Foreign sanctions against Maduro's government, including a USA prohibition on investors dealing with any new Venezuelan debt, have exacerbated food and medicine shortages. 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.

Venezuela on Thursday declared Spain's ambassador to Caracas, Jesus Silva, persona non grata and accused Madrid of masterminding recent European Union sanctions on seven of Maduro's key allies.

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