From his account on the social network Twitter, Eugenio Martínez Enríquez, general director of Latin America and the Caribbean of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, set forth the decision of the Foreign Ministry of the island to summon the Colombian ambassador in Havana.
“We summoned the Colombian Ambassador today to communicate, by means of a verbal note, our energetic protest for the decision of his Foreign Ministry to declare yesterday persona non grata the first secretary of our Embassy in Bogota, Omar Rafael Garcia Lazo.”
Colombia’s position unfounded
Bogota’s decision was qualified, on the social network, by the Cuban official, as “unfounded” and an “unfriendly act”.
“We ratify that Cuban diplomats fulfill with seriousness and rigor their obligations derived from the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. We demand that the alleged motives for this unusual decision be exposed,” said Martínez Enríquez.
As expressed in a tweet from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “the unjustified action intends to divert the attention of the international community and the Colombian society from the violent repression of the military and police forces against demonstrators that has caused dozens of deaths and hundreds of wounded”.
The South American country has been involved, for the last ten days, in a wave of protests, expressing popular discontent with the neoliberal measures taken by the administration of Iván Duque.
(Taken from Granma)