Venezuelan President Maduro Closes Diplomatic Offices in Ecuador After Raid on Mexican Embassy

Venezuelan President Maduro orders closure of Venezuela's diplomatic missions in Ecuador after Ecuadorian authorities raided the Mexican embassy to arrest a former Ecuadorian VP seeking asylum, sparking international condemnation.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Closes Diplomatic Offices in Ecuador After Raid on Mexican Embassy

Venezuelan President Maduro Closes Diplomatic Offices in Ecuador After Raid on Mexican Embassy

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the closure of Venezuela's diplomatic missions in Ecuador after Ecuadorian authorities raided the Mexican embassy in Quito on April 5 to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, who was seeking asylum there. The raid drew immediate condemnation from governments around the world.

Ecuador argued that Glas was targeted due to criminal convictions, not political reasons, and that Mexico should not have considered asylum for him. However, Mexico has expressed outrage over the raid and filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice, asking the UN to suspend Ecuador until it apologizes and agrees to reparations.

In response to the incident, Maduro announced the closure of Venezuela's diplomatic offices in Ecuador during a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. He instructed diplomatic personnel to return to Venezuela immediately "until international law is restored in Ecuador."

Why this matters: The raid on the Mexican embassy and Venezuela's subsequent closure of its diplomatic offices in Ecuador highlight escalating tensions between the countries and the broader political situation in the region. The incident has drawn international attention and condemnation, with potential implications for diplomatic relations and stability in Latin America.

Ecuador's President Daniel Noboa justified the raid as necessary to "protect national security," arguing that Glas was targeted due to his criminal convictions. However, the use of force in the raid has been widely criticized by the international community. In the ongoing situation, the diplomatic fallout and potential consequences for Ecuador remain to be seen.

Key Takeaways

  • Venezuela closed diplomatic missions in Ecuador after raid on Mexican embassy in Quito.
  • Ecuador arrested former VP Jorge Glas seeking asylum at Mexican embassy, drawing global condemnation.
  • Mexico filed complaint with ICJ, seeking Ecuador's suspension until apology and reparations.
  • Raid highlights escalating tensions and political instability in the Latin American region.
  • Ecuador justified raid as necessary to "protect national security," but use of force was criticized.