Spain recalls ambassador to Venezuela for talks

AP News
Posted: Apr 22, 2015 10:09 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spain on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Venezuela for consultations, a day after Venezuela's leader accused Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of backing a conspiracy to overthrow his government.

A Foreign Ministry statement said Spain rejected the "insults, calumnies and threats" by Venezuela against Spain, Rajoy and former prime ministers Felipe Gonzalez and Jose Maria Aznar.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Rajoy's "bandit" government was behind an international conspiracy to overthrow his government.

Spain said it found Maduro's remarks that Spain supported terrorist activities in Venezuela "particularly intolerable," especially given that Spain has suffered many acts of terrorism in the past.

Venezuela vowed to take retaliatory action against Spain but gave no details.

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Venezuela also declared former Socialist Prime minister Gonzalez persona non grata for announcing he intended to help the defense of two jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders.

Spain last week summoned Venezuela's ambassador after Maduro accused Spain of interfering in its affairs when Parliament passed a motion calling for the jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders to be released.