Daniel Ortega Recalls Nicaragua’s Ambassador to Argentina: Deepening Regime’s Isolation

In a move that further isolates the regime of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, the government has decided to recall its ambassador to Argentina. This decision comes as a result of repeated statements made by the newly elected president of Argentina, Javier Milei, against the Ortega regime.

The strained relationship between the two nations has been deteriorating for some time, particularly after Argentina deemed the recent elections in Nicaragua as illegitimate.

A Tense Relationship

The diplomatic ties between Nicaragua and Argentina have experienced several ups and downs in recent years. However, the relationship reached a breaking point when the outgoing president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, declared the November 2021 general elections in Nicaragua as “illegitimate.”

This declaration was in line with a resolution by the Organization of American States (OAS) that denounced the electoral process in Nicaragua due to the lack of competition and transparency.

Milei’s Opposition to Communist Regimes

The strained relationship between Nicaragua and Argentina can be traced back to the ideological differences between President Milei and the Ortega regime. Milei, known for his right-wing views, has been vocal about his opposition to communist regimes.

During his presidential campaign, he made it clear that he would not establish diplomatic relations with countries like China, Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, as he does not believe in making pacts with communist governments.

Congratulations Turned Sour

Interestingly, before the recall of the Nicaraguan ambassador, the Ortega-Murillo regime had congratulated Milei on his victory in the Argentinian presidential runoff against Sergio Massa.

In a communication addressed to Milei, the Nicaraguan government expressed its wishes for the well-being of the Argentinian people and emphasized its commitment to the principles of non-intervention, respect for sovereignty, and self-determination of nations. However, this display of cordiality was short-lived, as Milei’s stance against the Ortega regime became increasingly apparent.

Ortega’s Accusations against Fernández

In August 2022, Daniel Ortega launched a scathing attack on Alberto Fernández, accusing him of being a pawn of the “Yankee empire.” Ortega criticized Fernández for betraying the principles of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) by aligning himself with the majority of OAS member states that condemn his regime.

This public denouncement further strained the already tenuous relationship between the two countries.

Recall of Ambassador Midence

The decision to recall Ambassador Carlos Midence from Argentina was prompted by the repeated statements made by President Milei against the Ortega regime. The Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release stating that, in light of the new government’s declarations, they had decided to immediately withdraw their ambassador.

This move highlights the growing isolation of the Ortega-Murillo regime on the international stage, as they continue to burn bridges with countries such as the United States, the Vatican, and Colombia.

Implications for Nicaragua-Argentina Relations

Recall of Ambassador Midence signifies a significant rupture in the diplomatic relationship between Nicaragua and Argentina. Although both countries maintained a facade of diplomatic decorum, tensions have been mounting due to Argentina’s condemnation of the Nicaraguan elections and Ortega’s crackdown on democracy and human rights.

This recall further deepens the divide between the two nations and underscores the growing international isolation of the Ortega regime.

International Condemnation of the Ortega Regime

Recall of the Nicaraguan ambassador to Argentina adds to the mounting international pressure on the Ortega regime. The OAS, the United States, and various human rights organizations have consistently denounced the erosion of democracy and human rights in Nicaragua. The recall serves as yet another example of the regime’s refusal to address these concerns and engage in meaningful dialogue with the international community.

Conclusion

The recall of Nicaragua’s ambassador to Argentina by the Ortega-Murillo regime highlights the strained relationship between the two countries. President Milei’s opposition to the Ortega regime, coupled with Argentina’s condemnation of the Nicaraguan elections, has deepened the divide.

As the Ortega regime continues to isolate itself internationally, it faces mounting pressure to address the erosion of democracy and human rights within Nicaragua. The recall of Ambassador Midence serves as a stark reminder of the regime’s refusal to engage with the concerns raised by the international community.