December 30, 2019 / 2:56 PM / 25 days ago

Mexico orders ambassador in Bolivia to return after she declared non grata

FILE PHOTO: Maria Teresa Mercado Perez, Mexico's ambassador in Bolivia is seen at the Bolivia's foreign minister building in La Paz, Bolivia, November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Claure

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Monday it had instructed its ambassador in Bolivia to return to Mexico to ensure her safety, after Bolivia’s government declared her a “persona non grata.”

Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Añez on Monday ordered Mexican Ambassador Maria Teresa Mercado and a number of Spanish officials to leave the country within 72 hours.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon

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