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After Colombia kidnapped Venezuelan citizen Carlos Pino, Venezuela sent a message to their South American neighbors that "ignoring the international conventions they've subscribed to," won't be tolerated.
The Venezuelan government announced on Thursday the expulsion of a consular official from Colombia, after the arbitrary decision of that country against a staff member of the Venezuelan diplomatic mission in Bogota, the Colombian Capital.
Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza published a statement where it was clarified that the measure is a response to the "the arbitrary measure of kidnapping and expulsion by the Colombian authorities of the Venezuelan citizen Carlos Pino."
On Wednesday night, Colombian migration office confirmed the expulsion of Venezuelan official Pino after assuring that he supposedly he "carried out espionage for the Venezuelan Government." Despite this, no evidence of such accusations was provided by the Colombian officials.
The Colombian immigration authorities indicated through a communique that according to the functions given to the migration office "by the Colombian State and protecting national sovereignty, the process of expulsion from the national territory of the Venezuelan citizen Carlos Manuel Pino García."
Ante la arbitraria medida de secuestro y expulsión por parte de las autoridades colombianas del ciudadano venezolano Carlos Pino, funcionario de nuestra Embajada en Bogotá, anunciamos la expulsión de Juan Carlos Pérez Villamizar, funcionario consular colombiano no acreditado. pic.twitter.com/QOyg0DDHTx
"After the arbitrary measure of kidnapping and expulsion by the Colombian authorities of the Venezuelan citizen Carlos Pino, an official of our Embassy in Bogota, we announced the expulsion of Juan Carlos Pérez Villamizar, a non-accredited Colombian consular official."
Consequently, the Venezuelan government has announced the expulsion of "Colombian citizen Juan Carlos Perez Villamizar, who is in Venezuela, exercising consular functions without having the corresponding accreditation of the Foreign Ministry."
In the document, the Venezuelan government reiterates to Ivan Duque's government that it has the obligation to respect the international conventions to which it has voluntarily subscribed, particularly, those related to "the prerogatives that correspond to the personnel of the diplomatic missions."