Panama asked the Ambassador of Venezuela, Fabiola Zavarce, to return her diplomatic credentials
The Government of the Republic of Panama requested Fabiola Zavarce, the return of her diplomatic credentials that accredited her as Ambassador of Venezuela in Panama.
The request was made on January 8, 2021, as indicated in Circular Note DPEIDYD-MIRE-2021-06500, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, addressed to the Honorable Diplomatic Missions, Consular Offices and International Organizations accredited to Panama.
The document indicates that the Circular Note, dated March 21, 2019, by which the former President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, received the credentials of Zavarce, is annulled, accrediting her as the only Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Venezuela in Panama.
Zavarce was appointed as the diplomatic representative of Venezuela in Panama, on January 29, 2019 by the then self-proclaimed president in charge of that country, Juan Guaidó.
It should be mentioned that on January 5, 2021, the Foreign Ministry of Panama had issued a statement in which it stated that the country "renews its commitment to all political forces and sectors of Venezuelan society, including Juan Guaidó and the other representatives of the outgoing National Assembly elected in 2015, and supports the efforts of Venezuelans to reach a national agreement aimed at recovering the political, economic and social stability of the country, for the benefit of the Venezuelan people themselves"; at the time that clarifies that"Panama's position, which is strictly related to the current circumstances of the complex Venezuelan crisis, on the one hand, and the principles of International Law, on the other, cannot be interpreted as a recognition of the legitimacy of the Nicolás Maduro regime".
The statement was published after former minister Jorge Rodríguez assumed the presidency of the Venezuelan Parliament with the support of the Chavista caucus, which regained control of the National Assembly after winning the legislative elections on December 6.