Spain once again has an ambassador in Venezuela after two years without a representative

Spain once again has an ambassador in Venezuela after two years without a representative
Spain once again has an ambassador in Venezuela after two years without a representative

Spain once again has an ambassador in Venezuela. The diplomat Ramón Santos Martínez delivered on Tuesday the credentials as the new ambassador, a position vacant since 2020 due to diplomatic tensions that have arisen with the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Santos Martínez was received at the Miraflores presidential palace by the Venezuelan president.

The Spanish Government appointed the ambassador in Venezuela on December 27, after two years without a representative,

The appointment restores diplomatic relations after two years without a representative. Spain joined the fifty countries that supported the opposition Juan Guaidó, who in 2019 proclaimed himself interim president. At the end of December 2020, the Spanish government withdrew its ambassador at the time, Jesús Silva, without naming a successor.

Silva had been accused by the Maduro government of facilitating the departure to Spain of Leopoldo López, from the radical wing of the Venezuelan opposition.

The new ambassador Santos Martínez previously held the position of Chargé d’Affaires in Venezuela, the highest diplomatic representation in the country. He was also the ambassador of Spain in Panama (2015-2019) and in Bolivia (2008-2012), and was assigned to the Spanish embassies in Washington, Brussels-EU and Quito.

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