Bolivia's Morales threatens to close US embassy

LA PAZ (AFP)— Bolivia's leftist President Evo Morales warned in comments published Sunday that he would close the US embassy in La Paz if Washington continued interfering in his country's domestic affairs.

Morales, who has faced a proliferation of protests in recent weeks over a variety of issues, has accused the United States of fueling the unrest against his government.

"If the US embassy continues bothering Bolivia, as it is doing now, then it is best we close the United States embassy in Bolivia because we are anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and anti-neoliberals," the state-run ABI news agency quoted Morales as saying.

The US embassy had no comment.

The two countries have not exchanged ambassadors since 2008, when Morales expelled US ambassador Philip Goldberg and officials of the US Drug Enforcement Administration after accusing them of taking part in a right-wing conspiracy against him.

Washington reciprocated by kicking out the Bolivian ambassador to Washington.