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Newsline: US expels top Venezuelan diplomat from Washington

The U.S. expelled Venezuela’s top diplomat in the U.S. from Washington on Wednesday, in a tit-for-tat response to Caracas’s decision to boot two American diplomats from the country a day earlier. The State Department said in a statement that it had declared the Chargé d’Affaires of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington and the deputy consul general of the country’s consulate in Houston “personae non grata.” The two Venezuelan diplomats have been given 48 hours to leave the U.S., the State Department said. Declaring foreign diplomats personae non grata is among the most serious forms of censure by governments, effectively banning them from the country. The expulsions come in response to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s decision on Tuesday to expel the chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas for “conspiring” against his government.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/389129-us-expels-top-venezuelan-diplomat-from-washington

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Newsline: Chile foreign minister says not sending ambassador to Venezuela

Chile’s Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero said his country would not send an ambassador to Venezuela after Sunday’s presidential election was called a fraud by many countries. The post has been empty since Chile’s Former President Michelle Bachelet left office in March.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-venezuela/chile-foreign-minister-says-not-sending-ambassador-to-venezuela-idUSKCN1IO2F4

Newsline: US to retaliate for Venezuela expulsion of diplomat

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. will respond reciprocally to President Nicolas Maduro’s expulsion of the top American diplomat in Venezuela. Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the State Department received formal notice Wednesday that charge d’affaires Todd Robinson had been declared persona non grata. He said the U.S. would act in kind, suggesting it would remove Venezuela’s top diplomat in Washington as well. Maduro said Tuesday he was expelling Robinson and his deputy Brian Naranjo for allegedly conspiring against his government by pressuring opposition groups to boycott Sunday’s presidential election that he won by a landslide. He gave the two career diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. Venezuela and the U.S. haven’t exchanged ambassadors since 2010.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/venezuelan-president-expels-top-us-diplomat-amid-tensions/2018/05/22/fb4caaa6-5e23-11e8-b656-236c6214ef01_story.html?utm_term=.de2d79b4e374

Newsline: Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat

President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday said he was expelling the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for allegedly conspiring against his government and trying to sabotage the country’s recent presidential election. “The empire doesn’t dominate us here,” Maduro said in a televised address, giving charge d’affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy Brian Naranjo 48 hours to leave the country. “We’ve had enough of your conspiring.” Tensions between the U.S. and Venezuela have mounted following Maduro’s victory in presidential elections on Sunday, a vote the White House has branded a “sham.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelan-president-expels-top-us-diplomat-55357211

Newsline: Guatemala asks Sweden, Venezuela to remove ambassadors over ‘interference’

Guatemala asked the governments of Sweden and Venezuela to withdraw their ambassadors, accusing the diplomats of interfering in domestic politics and calling the country corrupt. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has been assailed by graft accusations against his family, and he has been at loggerheads with a United Nations-backed anti-corruption body of which Sweden is a prominent backer. “Because Ambassadors Anders Kompass and Elena Alicia Salcedo Poleo have, in the course of their work, assumed attitudes that result in interference in the internal affairs of Guatemala, the governments of Sweden and Venezuela have been asked to withdraw them,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel told a news conference the requests to remove the ambassadors had nothing to do with the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), however.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-guatemala-diplomacy/guatemala-asks-sweden-venezuela-to-remove-ambassadors-over-interference-idUSKBN1IC06Y

Newsline: Panama Withdraws Ambassador to Venezuela in Diplomatic Spat

Panama is withdrawing its ambassador to Venezuela following mutual allegations of corruption between the two nations, insisting Venezuela follow suit and withdraw its own ambassador. In a statement released late Thursday, the Panamanian government cited Venezuela’s suspension of economic, commercial and financial relations with certain Panamanian officials and companies, including Copa airline. “After analyzing the measures of Venezuela, the Panamanian government considers that it is a political reaction that lacks sustenance, and is adopted outside the international legal framework, adopted in retaliation for the actions announced by Panama,” the statement by Panama’s Foreign Ministry reads. The statement did not make clear exactly when Panamanian Ambassador to Venezuela Miguel Mejia would leave his post, or the deadline by which Venezuelan Ambassador to Panama Jorge Duran Centeno should be withdrawn. Venezuela responded late Thursday by saying it would call its ambassador for a consultation: “The Bolivarian government rejects the unacceptable aggression of the anti-popular and corrupt government of President Juan Carlos Varela, against the people of Venezuela,” Executive Vice-President Tareck El Aissami posted on his Twitter account.

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Panama-Withdraws-Ambassador-to-Venezuela-in-Diplomatic-Spat-20180405-0018.html

Newsline: Venezuela opens embassy in Azerbaijan

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela opened in Azerbaijan. Head of the State Protocol Department at the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Parvin Mirzazade received the newly-appointed Charge d’Affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy in Azerbaijan, Pedro Argenis Sanchez Flores. At the meeting, Sanchez Flores handed a letter of Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza Montserrat addressed to Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on the opening of the embassy and appointment of Sanchez Flores as the Charge d’Affaires.

http://santiagotimes.cl/2018/04/05/venezuela-opens-embassy-in-azerbaijan/