Nicaragua cuts diplomatic ties with Ecuador after raid on Mexican embassy

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Nicaragua announced Saturday it was cutting off “all diplomatic relations” with Ecuador after police stormed the Mexican embassy in Quito and arrested former Ecuadoran vice president Jorge Glas who had sought asylum there.

The government of President Daniel Ortega declared in a statement its “sovereign decision to break all diplomatic relations with the Ecuadoran government” following the “unusual and reprehensible action.”

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Ecuadorean authorities arrested former Vice President Jorge Glas on Friday evening, seizing him from the Mexican embassy and prompting Mexico to suspend bilateral relations.

Glas, convicted twice for corruption, had been holed up in the embassy in Quito since seeking political asylum in December, arguing he was being persecuted by the attorney general’s office.

Police forcefully entered Mexico’s embassy in Quito before making the arrest, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador posted on X. The Ecuadorean president’s office said in a statement it had arrested Glas.

Lopez Obrador said he had instructed Mexico’s foreign minister to suspend diplomatic ties with Ecuador, calling the arrest a violation of international law and Mexican sovereignty.

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