Mexico cuts diplomatic ties with Ecuador over police raid on its embassy | EUROtoday

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Mexico has reduce diplomatic relations with Ecuador after police broke into the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian vice chairman Jorge Glas.

Glas, who has been convicted twice for corruption, has been residing within the Mexican embassy in Quito since in search of political asylum there in December.

Just hours after the Mexican authorities granted Glas political asylum on Friday, Ecuadorian police raided the embassy and arrested the previous vice chairman.

The Ecuador president’s workplace confirmed in an announcement that it had arrested Glas, who was vice chairman between 2013 and 2017 and located responsible of receiving bribes from a Brazilian building agency.

“I am very worried because they could kill him. There is no basis to do this, this is totally outside the norm,” Roberto Canseco, head of the Mexican consular part in Quito, instructed native media.

Ecuadorian police particular forces try to interrupt into the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest Ecuador’s former Vice President Jorge Glas, on April 5, 2024 (AFP through Getty Images)

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador known as the transfer a “flagrant violation of international law and the sovereignty of Mexico”.

“I have instructed our chancellor to issue a statement regarding this authoritarian act, proceed legally and immediately declare the suspension of diplomatic relations with the government of Mexico,” the Mexican president stated.

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Alicia Bárcena, Mexico’s international secretary, posted on X that Mexican diplomats had been additionally injured throughout the raid.

“Given the flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the injuries suffered by Mexican diplomatic personnel in Ecuador, Mexico announces the immediate breaking of diplomatic relations with Ecuador,” Ms Barcena stated.

The arrest comes after per week of escalating tensions between Mexico and Ecuador after the Mexican president made statements about the latest Ecuadorian elections.

Ecuador declared Mexico’s ambassador in Quito persona non grata on Thursday, after which the embasy introduced that it was granting asylum to Glas.

“The right to asylum is sacred and we are acting in full consistency with international conventions, granting asylum to Jorge Glas. I trust that the government of Ecuador will have safe passage as soon as possible,” Ms Barcena stated on Friday.

Ecuador’s presidency argued that Mexico’s asylum provide was unlawful and that Mexico “abused the immunities and privileges granted to the diplomatic mission that housed the former vice president, and granting diplomatic asylum contrary to the conventional legal framework.”

Glas has stated his convictions are politically motivated – a declare Ecuador’s authorities denies.