26 Jan 2018
Venezuela has expelled the Spanish ambassador to Caracas, Jesús Silva Fernández, accusing him of interfering in its internal affairs.
Spain has rejected the allegations and said it would reciprocate.
The announcement comes after the European Union imposed a travel ban and froze the assets of seven senior Venezuelan officials.
The EU has expressed concern over human rights violations during Venezuela’s anti-government protests in which more than 120 people were killed last year.
On Tuesday Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly announced that it was calling early presidential elections.
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said the move was in reaction to the EU sanctions.
The vote, which is traditionally held in December, will take place by the end of April.
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