MADURO SENDS BACK GERMAN AMBASSADOR FOR MEDDLING IN INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Conflicts in diplomatic relations between the current Venezuelan government and most of the Western countries continue to cause tensions. In the most recent case, the Germany ambassador to Venezuela Daniel Kriener was given 48 hours to leave the South American nation
The expulsion of the top German diplomat in Venezuela comes after he was accused of meddling in the country’s internal affair which was regarded by the government of current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, of being “in clear contravention of the norms that govern diplomatic relations.”
According to the statement from Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday March 6th 2019, the German Ambassador had repeatedly “interfered in the country’s internal affairs, hence violating norms that govern diplomatic relations.”
Having been appointed to the ambassadorial position only last year, Kriener, has been among a group of Western diplomats who greeted self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido at the Caracas airport on Monday after his return from a tour of neighbouring South American nations, which was regarded by some as self-imposed exile.
Western–supported opposition leader Guaido had just returned from a 10-day tour of South American allies, defying a government-issued ban on him leaving the country. He described the expulsion as a “threat against Germany” in an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel.
In its statement, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry declared that the troubled South American nation would not accept a foreign diplomat acting in clear alignment with the conspiracy agenda of extremists sectors of the country’s opposition.
Latest reports indicate that more than 50 countries, including Germany, have officially recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela. The 35-year-old politician has so far pledged to set up a transitional government and hold new elections to unseat Maduro, who is backed by China, Russia and Turkey.
According to the information from United Nations (U.N.), a growing number of Venezuelans are suffering from malnutrition after years of food and medicine shortages under Maduro. It is stated in the U.N. report that the current political and economic crisis in the South American country, has led to some 2.7 million people fleeing the country since 2015.
Last month, opposition leader Guaido attempted to bring shipments of humanitarian aid across the borders of Brazil and Colombia, but the trucks were blocked by the Venezuelan military forces, even as President Maduro insisted that he is the target of a foreign-backed coup plot.
Germany is one of the top Western and European nations that have recognized the self-proclaimed interim president Guaido after giving President Maduro an ultimatum of eight days to hold elections which, he didn’t do. So far, foreign ministers of the member nations of the European Union (E.U.), have been unable to agree on a common stance on Venezuela, hence further weakening Germany’s position.
Despite the expulsion of its ambassador, Germany still insists on its firm support for opposition leader Guaido as the recognized President of Venezuela.