In the midst of a tense day in which there have been clashes between volunteers and Venezuelan military officials on the borders of the country, President Nicolás Maduro, considered a usurper by the parliament of his country, announced the “total” cessation of diplomatic relations with Colombia.
Global jostling intensified on Thursday between countries that want Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in power and those trying to force him to resign, as opposition leader Juan Guaidó made overtures to his rival’s allies Russia and China.
The US has warned Venezuela that any threats against American diplomats or opposition leader Juan Guaidó will be met with “a significant response”. National Security Adviser John Bolton said any such “intimidation” would be “a grave assault on the rule of law”.
Mario Abdo Benítez, president of Paraguay, announced on Thursday the rupture of diplomatic relations with Venezuela after threats from the Venezuelan president in response to the repudiation of his new mandate by the Lima Group, of which Paraguay is a member.
Kim Jong Un declared North Korea's unstinting “friendship, unity and cooperation” with Beijing during his third visit to China this year, in a show of loyalty to his main ally following a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump.
Italy recalled its ambassador to Brazil on Friday after Brasilia refused to extradite a former left-wing guerrilla convicted of four murders. The decision by Brazil's Supreme Court earlier this week to uphold a government refusal to extradite Italian Cesare Battisti, allowing him to walk free, has brought relations between the two countries to a low point.
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez said Colombia is “sovereign” and as such can sign a military agreement with the United States, an issue which at the time triggered a bilateral conflict and which he admitted having addressed with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos during their meeting this week.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez announced the resumption of diplomatic ties following talks to end the latest dispute between the two neighbouring but ideologically opposed countries.
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos informed his Brazilian peer Lula da Silva that Bogotá and Venezuela would resume full diplomatic relations “in coming hours”, according to a spokesperson from the Brazilian presidency.
President Hugo Chávez offered to meet with Colombia's new President Juan Manuel Santos to restore diplomatic relations broken over allegations that Venezuela was tolerating the presence of guerrillas in its territory.