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After Mexico, Nicaragua broke off diplomatic relations with Ecuador

After Mexico, Nicaragua broke off diplomatic relations with Ecuador

Nicaragua announced, on Saturday, the severing of “all diplomatic relations” with Ecuador, after police stormed the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, who found refuge there.

“In the face of this extraordinary and reprehensible act […]The government of President Daniel Ortega said in a statement, “Given irrevocable rejection, we are taking the sovereign decision to sever all diplomatic relations with the Ecuadorian government.”

With this decision, Managua sends a signal to Panama. Since February 7, former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) has sought refuge in the Nicaraguan embassy, ​​which granted him asylum, to escape a prison sentence on charges of money laundering.

Earlier, Mexico severed diplomatic relations with Quito after police raided its embassy on Friday to arrest Mr. Glass, who is wanted by his country's judicial system on corruption charges and to whom Mexico has just granted asylum.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador denounced the “flagrant violation of international law and Mexican sovereignty” in a message on the social media network X.

Mr. Ortega's government expressed its solidarity with Mexico, recalling that it withdrew its ambassador from Quito in 2020 after the Julian Assange case.

The WikiLeaks founder took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in June 2012. He remained isolated there for nearly seven years and obtained Ecuadorian citizenship, before being stripped of it.

“On September 1, 2020, we withdrew our embassy in Quito […] We formalize [ce samedi] The government added that it would sever all diplomatic relations.