Spain reassigns ambassador to Venezuela


Ramon Santos replaces Jesus Silva who was recalled in December 2020 amid diplomatic tensions

The diplomat Ramon Santos Martinez assumed the duties of ambassador of Spain to Venezuela yesterday Tuesday, a post which remained vacant as of 2020due to tensions in the relations between the two countries.

The Spanish diplomatic envoy was received with honors at the Miraflores presidential palace, where he went to present his credentials and meet with President Nicolas Maduro, the cameras of public broadcaster Venezolana de Television recorded.

“We continue to strengthen and deepen relations of cooperation and respect. Let’s move forward!” President Maduro commented via Twitter.

Mr. Santos, who was named ambassador on December 27, replaces Jesus Silvathe Spanish ambassador in Caracas who had revoked in December 2020, amid diplomatic tensions.

Spain was among about fifty countries that recognized Juan Guaido, who had declared himself interim president in 2019, calling Mr Maduro’s re-election in a 2018 contest from which the opposition abstained a “fraud”.

Relations have since become even more complicated, with Mr Maduro accusing Mr Silva in particular of helping opposition leader Leopoldo López flee to Spain.

Before taking up the new position, Ramón Santos Martínez was since November 2021 chargé d’affaires in charge of negotiations with the Venezuelan government at the embassy; he was the highest-ranking Spanish diplomat in Caracas, in the absence of an ambassador.


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