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Venezuela expels German ambassador after interfering in internal affairs

Staff Writer |
Venezuela on Wednesday ordered Germany’s ambassador to leave the country after he expressed support for opposition leader Juan Guaido.

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Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused Daniel Kriener of “repeated acts of interference in the country’s internal affairs" and posted a government statement on Twitter saying he has 48 hours to leave the country.

Ambassador Daniel Kriener "has been declared persona non grata," a spokesman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry said, adding the German government is in talks with its partners on the matter.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas later said in a statement that Venezuela’s move to expel a German diplomat "is an incomprehensible decision which aggravates the situation and does not contribute to de-escalation".

Maas hailed Kriener's recent work in Caracas and said Germany decided to call him back for consultations.

He also said the European Union's support for Guaido would continue.

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