Ecuador said Tuesday it is closing several embassies and state enterprises to save money amid an economic crisis provoked by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will close … embassies and diplomatic offices,” President Lenin Moreno said in a speech on television and radio as he presented a plan to save more than $4 billion.
Ambassadors to Iran, Nicaragua, Malaysia and the Andean Parliament will be recalled, leaving those diplomatic missions in the hands of lower-ranking officials.
Consulates in the Mexican town of Tapachula and Valencia in Venezuela will also be closed altogether.
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