Ecuadorian police raid Mexican embassy – Mexico cuts diplomatic ties | News Fin

Mexico has severed diplomatic ties with Ecuador after Ecuadorean police raided the Mexican Embassy in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, on Friday. In connection with the raid, the police arrested the former vice president of Ecuador, Jorge Glass, who had been granted asylum by Mexico. According to Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena, several of the mission's staff were injured during the violent attack.

In cutting diplomatic ties, Mexico accused Ecuador of violating international law and Mexico's sovereignty. According to Barcina, the embassy staff will leave Ecuador immediately.

Klaus served as vice president of the leftist Rafael Correa from 2013 to 2017. He applied for asylum at the Mexican embassy in December after Ecuador issued a warrant for his arrest on corruption charges. Glass has denied the allegations. Mexico granted Klaus asylum on Friday, further fraying the countries' already strained relations.

Correa was sentenced to eight years in prison on corruption charges. Glass, on the other hand, had previously spent several years in prison on corruption charges, but was released from prison in November.

BBCAccording to Glass, he has been transferred to a high-security prison in the city of Guayaquil, where he is awaiting trial.

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