"We have already informed staff of the Venezuelan embassy that after this period they will not be recognized as representatives of Venezuela […] We tell them that they become illegal in Peru and that we cancel their visas", the deputy minister said, adding that the 15-day period was counted from 22 February.
Peruvian Envoy to the United Nations Gustavo Meza-Cuadra told Sputnik in January that Lima is against the intra-Venezuelan dialogue and calls for holding free and fair elections in Venezuela.
The United States immediately recognized Guaido, after which some 50 other countries followed suit. Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia and a number of other states have, in the meantime, voiced their support for the legitimate government of Maduro. Mexico and Uruguay have refused to recognize Guaido, declaring themselves neutral and promoting crisis settlement via dialogue.
The Lima Group of 14 countries was created in 2017 and seeks to end the crisis in Venezuela. The group includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia. The majority of organization's member states are backing Guaido.