Venezuela expelled the head of the European Union’s delegation in Caracas, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Wednesday, in response to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU.

Iran PressAmerica: Speaking on national Venezuelan television, Arreaza said Isabel Brilhante had 72 hours to leave the country.

Footage aired on Venezuelan state television showed Arreaza presenting Isabel – a national of Portugal – with a document, that he said formally declares the decision that she is no longer welcome in Venezuela.

"Today, by the decision of President Nicolas Maduro, we have delivered in Isabel Brilhante’s hands, who in recent years was the head of the European Union delegation in Venezuela, the declaration as ‘person non grata’," he said.

"According to the Vienna convention, regarding diplomatic relations, she has been given a 72-hour deadline to leave the Venezuelan territory," he added.

On Monday, the EU imposed sanctions on 19 Venezuelan officials it accused of undermining the oppositions’ electoral rights and serious violations of human rights in the country after allies of Maduro won legislative elections in December that the Venezuelan opposition, as well as several other countries, said were fraudulent.

The EU said the measures are reversible and are not meant to affect the Venezuelan population.