"The Republic of Ecuador will not tolerate any disrespect for its authorities. At the same time, Ecuador, faithful to its democratic and humanitarian principles, will continue to help Venezuelan citizens who enter the country by taking important economic and social measures to protect their rights," the ministry said in a statement.
The news of expulsion came after Rodriguez said earlier in the day that Moreno is "a liar," addressing a speech by the Ecuadorean president on Venezuelan migrants given at the United Nations. According to the minister, Moreno was exaggerating the number of the Venezuelan migrants fleeing the country.
Addressing the problem in August, the government of Ecuador introduced a state of emergency in three of the country’s provinces due to the influx of refugees from Venezuela.