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    Ecuador's Foreign Minister Guillaume Long in an interview with teleSUR English Director Pablo Vivanco in Feb. 2016 | Photo: teleSUR

Published 11 March 2016

Ecuador's Foreign Minister strongly rejected U.S. President's Obama's renewal of sanctions on Venezuela

Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Relations denounced Friday an executive order from U.S. President Barack Obama labeling the Venezuelan government as a “threat to national security.”

The executive order, first signed by Obama last year and renewed last week, imposes sanctions on the Venezuelan government.

The Ecuadorean government described this as “unjust and unacceptable political pressure and violates international principles of non-interference.”

The Ecuadorean government also labeled Obama's actions as "an unacceptable interference in a sovereign country" which "creates a serious risk to peace and democracy in the region."

Ecuador added that the international community needs to be vigilant "about the attempt to destabilize Venezuela's democratic order as well as its internal and external order,"

The written statement concludes by expressing its fraternal solidarity with the people and the government of Venezuela.

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The Ecuadorean government joins a long list of governments and regional leaders condemning the decree.

All 33 members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States expressed their opposition to the U.S. government’s move and called for it to be reversed.

Meanwhile, President Nicolas Maduro has called Venezuelan to take to the streets on Saturday, March 12, to protest the executive order renewed by Obama last week,

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