Nicaragua has cut diplomatic relations with the Netherlands over allegations of “interventionism,” hours after the Latin American nation announced that it would deny entry to the new ambassador of the United States due to his “disruptive” stance.
“In view of the repeated interference, the interventionist and neo-colonial position of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which… has insulted the government of this country with threats and suspensions of work for the common good, Nicaragua is notifying the government of this country of our decision to immediately suspend diplomatic relations. “the State Department said in a statement on Friday evening.
Earlier in the day, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega had lashed out against the European nation after learning that it would not finance a long-promised hospital.
“Those who come to disrespect our people, our homeland, should not reappear in Nicaragua. And we don’t want any relations with this interventionist government,” Ortega said in reference to the Dutch ambassador for Central America, Christine Pirenne, who is based in Costa Rica.
According to the president, during a visit to the capital city of Managua on Thursday, Pirenne told Nicaragua’s foreign minister Denis Moncada that the Dutch would no longer finance a hospital they had promised to build years ago.
“The ambassador came to talk to Nicaraguans as if Nicaragua were a Dutch colony,” said Ortega.
The Netherlands closed its offices in Managua in 2013 and carries out all its diplomatic work in Central America from Costa Rica.
US envoy excluded
of Ortega’s remarks, his wife, Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo, said on Friday that the new US envoy Hugo Rodriguez “will not be accepted into our Nicaragua under any circumstances.”
“Let the imperialists be aware of that,” she added and read a statement from the Foreign Office about state media.
The US Senate confirmed the sending of Rodriguez’s ambassador on Thursday, although Nicaragua had said in July that it would reject him.
Nicaragua said it had decided to withdraw its approval of Rodriguez due to “disrespectful” comments he made in a Senate hearing.
Rodriguez had described Nicaragua as a “pariah state in the region” and described Ortega’s government as a “dictatorship.”
“I would support using all economic and diplomatic instruments to change direction in Nicaragua,” he told the Senate.
One measure he proposed was to kick Nicaragua out of the free trade agreement between the Dominican Republic and Central America.
On Wednesday, according to local media and diplomatic sources, the government asked European Union Ambassador Bettina Muscheidt to leave the country without giving reasons.
Also on Wednesday, Ortega marked the Catholic Church as a “perfect dictatorship,” reflecting ongoing tensions between his government and the religious institution during the 2018 protests that Ortega accused the church of supporting.