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Venezuela says Brazilian, Canadian diplomats not welcome

Last week, Brazil urged Venezuela -- which has been sidelined from the regional trading bloc Mercosur -- to improve its human rights record

AFP | PTI  |  Caracas 

Delcy Rodriguez
Delcy Rodriguez (Photo: Reuters)

today said two diplomats from and were no longer welcome, in an escalating showdown over their criticism of Maduro's socialist

The of the powerful pro-Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, said the body decided on the move against Brazil's and Canadian charge d'affaires

"We have decided to declare persona non grata the Brazilian until such time as constitutional order is restored in the neighboring country" Rodriguez said referring to the of Brazilian

The Brazilian conservative replaced leftist Brazilian after she was impeached.

And Kowalik of has been carrying out "nagging, constant rude and offensive interference in Venezuela's domestic affairs."

On the account of the Canadian embassy in Caracas, she said, the assembly was described as a threat to Venezuelans' ability to elect their leaders, including their next president.

Last week, urged -- which has been sidelined from the regional trading bloc Mercosur -- to improve its human rights record. Temer said he would welcome back into Mercosur's fold when returns to democracy.

Venezuela considers Rousseff to have been pushed out in a political "coup d'etat" in

No time frame was set for the diplomats' departure, she said.

In Brasilia, the government said that if the measure were to take place, would take reciprocal steps.

First Published: Sun, December 24 2017. 14:33 IST
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