The Government of Spain, led by President Pedro Sánchez, appointed a new ambassador to the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, after almost a year of diplomatic tensions between Managua and Madrid.
The diplomat Pilar Terrén, a jurist from the Autonomous University of Madrid, entered the diplomatic career of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain in 2003. Since 2016, she has served as deputy director general of the Spanish Foreign Ministry.
The new head of the diplomatic delegation in Managua must receive the approval of the Ortega regime, of which it is not known if it will be affirmative.
Clashes between the dictatorship and the leftist government of Spain
The Ortega dictatorship and the Government of Spain, led by a leftist coalition made up of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and United We Can (UP), have had multiple diplomatic frictions due to the totalitarian drift of the regime.
The assault on independent media outlets, the imprisonment of opposition leaders for political reasons, and the fraudulent general elections held in November 2021 are measures carried out by Managua that have received a strong response in Madrid.
«The problems in Nicaragua are not related to telegrams or letters. There is a serious problem of respect for human rights and the organization of a free, transparent and democratic electoral process,” said the then Spanish Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, in June 2021.
In particular, former Minister González Laya was the victim of a diplomatic note of protest that used risque language from the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry.
“The question now is what the Nicaraguan government is going to do, what President (Daniel) Ortega is going to do to respond to this clamor that is national and international, if he is going to release the political prisoners, if he is going to stop the repression and if free and transparent conditions are going to be given, ”said the then head of Spanish diplomacy.