Venezuela expels EU ambassador after latest round of sanctions

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The EU ambassador to Venezuela, Isabel Brilhante, is leaving the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry after receiving a letter in which she is officially declared persona non grata.

The Government of Venezuela has declared the European Union ambassador in Caracas, the Portuguese Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, persona non grata, who has been given 72 hours to leave the South American country after the controversy generated by the latest battery of sanctions against Chavista leaders.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, has personally transferred the expulsion order to Brilhante, which according to the Foreign Ministry derives from “instructions” from the president, Nicolás Maduro.

“Today, by decision of President Nicolás Maduro, we have handed over to Mrs. Isabel Brilhante […] the declaration as persona non grata […]. He has been given a period of 72 hours to leave Venezuelan territory, ”Arreaza announced after meeting with the ambassador.

The chancellor held a private meeting with Brilhante that lasted about an hour and that served to, as he said, explain to him “the disrespect for the Constitution” that the European sanctions against high authorities of Venezuela entail.

“We have drawn attention [de la UE] hopefully there is a calm evaluation […] that they carry out a process of reflective analysis, that they can put down those meddling and arrogant attitudes ”, the Chancellor continued.

Arreaza also hopes that the European bloc “ceases to be an appendage of the dominant elite”, alluding to the United States and “learns to respect independent countries.”

However, the minister says he is hopeful that in the future they can “rebuild the bridges of understanding and dialogue” between Venezuela and the EU, which, he added, has approved 55 packages of economic sanctions in recent years.

The National Assembly, with a clear Chavista majority, had approved a day before an agreement requesting Maduro to expel Brilhante in response to the sanctions approved, which include several deputies.

Said agreement also exhorted the Executive to “declare Brilhante persona ‘non grata’” and requested that “the operating agreement through which it authorized the opening” of the EU office in Venezuela be reviewed.

In June Maduro already wanted to expel her

On June 29, 2020, Maduro already ordered Brilhante to leave the country, a decision he reversed on July 2, in the hope that the decision would facilitate dialogue between the EU and Venezuela.

On that occasion, the bloc had also proposed sanctions against several Venezuelan leaders.

The Council of the EU approved this Monday punishments against 19 senior Venezuelan officials, judges, politicians and military, in a decision that seeks to increase pressure on Maduro and that in the eyes of Caracas is “anachronistic, interventionist and interference.”


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