Spain summons its ambassador after Miley described the wife of the Argentine Prime Minister as “corrupt” – Global News (Trending Perfect)


MADRID (Reuters) – Spain recalled its ambassador to Buenos Aires for consultations on Sunday after the Argentine president was accused Javier Miley He made insulting comments about the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez during a far-right rally in Madrid.

Miley had described Sanchez's wife, Bejona Gomez, as “corrupt” during a rally in Madrid organized by the far-right Vox party and attended by many of its international allies.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albarez said he expected an apology from Miley.

Other ministers also condemned Miley's speech in which he described socialism as “damned and cancerous”. Sanchez leads the Spanish Socialist Party.

“With his behavior, Miley brought the relationship between Spain and Argentina to the most dangerous situation in modern history,” Albares said in a video statement.

Miley's visit broke with diplomatic protocol, as he refused to meet Spain's King Felipe and Sánchez, preferring instead to promote his book alongside Vox leader Santiago Abascal at a party meeting.

“Attacks against family members of political leaders have no place in our culture,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a post on the social messaging app X.

Spain's main opposition party, the conservative People's Party, refused to support Madrid's position, with party sources saying that Sanchez should have provided clarifications about the alleged corruption case weeks ago.

A source in the People's Party said, “His silence generates internal doubts, but it also generates distrust abroad,” adding that the party's mission is to oppose the Spanish government, not Milley.

The city court said in April that it was considering charges of influence peddling and commercial corruption against Sanchez's wife, in a private complaint filed by the anti-corruption group Manos Limpias, or “Clean Hands.”

However, Madrid prosecutors later said they had appealed the case's cancellation due to insufficient evidence.

Sanchez decided to remain in his position after five days of studying his future, once the investigation against his wife was announced.

(Reporting by Anna Cantero; Editing by Catarina Demoni and Giles Elgood)



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