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Mexico severs diplomatic ties with Ecuador after police storm embassy to arrest former VP

Some Mexican diplomats reportedly suffered injuries when police entered the embassy. 

Published: April 7, 2024 12:59pm

The government of Mexico severed diplomatic ties with Ecuador after police stormed the Mexican Embassy in the capital of Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, who had been living there since December. 

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called the incident a "flagrant violation of international law" and said his nation was immediately suspending diplomatic relations with Ecuador in response, he wrote in a post on X early Saturday morning.

Glas had attempted to obtain political asylum at the Mexican Embassy after he was indicted on corruption charges, per The Associated Press. Mexico gave him asylum hours before the raid occurred. 

Glas is being investigated for alleged irregularities that occurred in his response efforts following a 2016 earthquake. He has been convicted of bribery and corruption in other cases. 

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Alicia Barcena said Friday that some diplomats suffered injuries when police entered the embassy. 

The agency ordered all of its diplomatic personnel in Ecuador to immediately return to Mexico.

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