Livia Acosta Nogura, Venezuela’s consul in Miami, was declared persona non grata by the U.S. government and will have to leave the country, a State Department spokesman told Efe on Sunday.
The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington received the official notification on Friday and the consul must leave the United States by Tuesday, Jan. 10, the State Department’s spokesman for Latin America, William Ostick, said, adding that he could not provide specific details regarding the reason for this decision.
“In accordance with Article 23 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the department declared Ms. Livia Acosta Noguera, Venezuelan consul general to Miami, to be persona non grata. As such, she must depart the United States by January 10,” Ostick said.
This article of the Vienna Convention stipulates the conditions under which the host state may communicate at any time to the sending state that one of the latter’s consular officials is persona non grata.
The article also says that the host state is not obligated to divulge to the sending state the reasons for its decision.
Last December, the Univision television network broadcast a documentary entitled “La amenaza irani” (The Iranian threat) discussing an alleged plan in 2006 to launch cyber-attacks on several nuclear plants in the United States, as well as the White House, the FBI and the CIA.