Spain recalls ambassador to Venezuela following "conspiracy" accusations
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Spain recalls ambassador to Venezuela following "conspiracy" accusations

Spain’s foreign minister has recalled the country’s ambassador to Venezuela for consultations, a day after Venezuela’s leader accused Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of backing a conspiracy to overthrow his government.

Jose Manuel García Margallo made the announcement Wednesday in Parliament in Madrid.

A ministry spokeswoman said the ministry would issue a statement later explaining the decision.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Rajoy’s “bandit” government was behind an international conspiracy to overthrow his government.

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

The ministry official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with ministry regulations.

Associated Press