EU 'firmly' condemns expulsion of German ambassador

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs

The European Union (EU) strongly condemns the expulsion of the German ambassador to Venezuela, Daniel Kriener, the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini said on behalf of the Member States today.

In a statement expressing "total solidarity" with Germany, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs believes that "measures that hamper diplomatic work, only contribute to escalate tensions and undermine a political solution to the crisis.

"The EU will continue to work towards a political, peaceful and democratic solution for Venezuela, including through the Contact Group. [The EU] reiterates its readiness to take all appropriate measures to react to recent developments," concludes the note.

On Wednesday, Venezuela declared the German ambassador to Caracas as persona non grata, accusing him of "recurring acts of interference" in domestic affairs and giving him 48 hours to leave the country.

The German Foreign Ministry said today that the presence of several foreign diplomats at the Caracas International Airport, on Monday, helped prevent the arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó.

Heiko Maas stated that he had expressly requested the German ambassador in Venezuela to join the other foreign diplomatic representatives, who were to receive Guaidó at the airport of the Venezuelan capital and witness his return to the country, after an 11-day trip to several countries of that region.

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