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Archive for November 4, 2019

Newsline: El Salvador orders expulsion of Venezuelan diplomats

El Salvador has ordered the expulsion of Venezuelan government diplomats, joining the U.S. and more than 50 other countries that have said opposition leader Juan Guaidó is Venezuela’s rightful president. The Salvadoran government said late Saturday in a statement that the diplomats, who are loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, had 48 hours to leave the country. It said the decision is in line with comments by President Nayib Bukele “not recognizing Maduro’s government as legitimate.” (https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/el-salvador-orders-expulsion-venezuelan-diplomats-66723472) Venezuela responded in kind Sunday, ordering Salvadoran diplomats to leave Caracas within two days. Ronald Johnson, the U.S. ambassador in El Salvador, welcomed the decision to expel pro-Maduro diplomats. El Salvador’s opposition FMLN party criticized the government’s move, accused “foreign interests of being behind it and expressed solidarity with Venezuela and “its legitimate President Nicolás Maduro.”

Newsline: Pakistan embassy in Kabul halts operation

Pakistan embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closed its visa service Sunday after its diplomats were harassed there, official said. A statement issued by the embassy in Kabul said due to security reasons, the consular section will be closed Nov. 4 until further intimation. The foreign ministry of Pakistan also summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires in Islamabad and lodged protest for “harassment” of diplomatic personnel in Kabul and its sub-missions. (https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/pakistan-embassy-in-kabul-halts-operation/1634659) “The Afghan Cd’A was informed that the Officers and Staff of the Embassy of Pakistan were being harassed over the past two days. They were obstructed on the road and the Embassy vehicles were also hit by motorcycles while going towards the Embassy,” said Mohammad Faisal, spokesman for the foreign ministry.