Panama warns Venezuela on debt
Published on Mar 8, 2014 4:18 AM
PANAMA CITY (AFP) - President Ricardo Martinelli warned Venezuela Friday that its decision to break off relations with Panama should not be used as an excuse to renege on its more than US$1 billion (S$1.26 billion) debt.
"I don't want to think that this is an excuse not to pay and that the Venezuelan state is a deadbeat," he told reporters.
Venezuela on Thursday ordered the expulsion of Panama's ambassador and three other diplomats.
At least 20 people have been killed in more than a month of anti-government protests in Venezuela that President Nicolas Maduro blames on a US-backed "fascist" plot.
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