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Ecuador, Peru recall ambassadors in Lima spat

English.news.cn   2013-05-03 07:44:21            

QUITO, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador and Peru recalled their respective ambassadors Thursday to consult over an April 21 altercation in Lima involving Ecuadorian Ambassador Rodrigo Riofrio, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said.

Patino made the announcement via Twitter, hours after the ministry issued a statement saying Quito saw no reason to withdraw its ambassador in Lima.

"The governments of Ecuador and Peru have decided to recall their ambassadors for consultation, following the regrettable incident of April 21," Patino posted on Twitter.

"The governments of Ecuador and Peru will prevent an isolated incident from affecting the excellent relationship between our countries," the minister added.

Patino's posts followed an official Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry statement saying it "concluded that Ecuador's ambassador in Peru was the victim of an aggression that forced him to react in legitimate defense."

Riofrio was accused of attacking two women -- a mother and a daughter -- after he accused them of trying to cut in front of him at the checkout line in a supermarket in Lima.

The incident caused a minor diplomatic spat that led Peru to ask Ecuador to consider withdrawing its ambassador.

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