Thu, 30 Nov 2023

MANAGUA, Nicaragua: European Union Ambassador Bettina Muscheidt left Nicaragua this week, three days after being declared "persona non grata" by President Daniel Ortega.

After the EU delegation demanded the release of "political prisoners" at the United Nations General Assembly last week, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada told Muscheidt that she should leave the country.

Ortega's government also said that it would cut diplomatic ties with the Netherlands.

In response, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said via Twitter, "The Netherlands regrets the disproportionate decision by Nicaragua to break off diplomatic relations. We take a firm stand on the worsening democratic structures and human rights violations in Nicaragua."

"Other countries have also noticed difficulties in maintaining an open dialogue with Nicaragua. We will discuss our next steps with the EU," he added.

This week, Nicaragua Vice President Rosario Murillo announced that Hugo Rodriguez would not be accepted as the new U.S. ambassador in Managua.

In March, Ortega's government expelled the Vatican's ambassador to Managua, Waldemar Sommertag.

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