Foreign Affairs Minister Nestor Popolizio on Thursday announced that the Peruvian Embassy in Caracas (Venezuela) will remain open but with reduced diplomatic functions.
In statements to Canal N local news channel, the diplomat recognized that cutting diplomatic relations with a neighboring nation is always an option when faced to an illegitimate regime
In this sense, the Foreign Affairs head assured that breaking diplomatic ties is an option that the signatory countries can choose in accordance with their interests.
Asked about the 48-hour deadline given by Nicolas Maduro demanding the Lima Group to rectify its stance on Venezuela
, Popolizio said the plan is not to reply baseless demands, saying the declaration implies a position of "principle in defense of democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms."
The official reaffirmed Peru's support to the National Assembly of Venezuela —and its stance against Maduro's reelection— is aligned with that of the European Union, the United States, and the Organization of American States.
"Deep inside, this shapes an international pressure that pursues the isolation of said dictatorship (…). We seek to support the Venezuelan people and opposition by providing them with necessary elements and international support to do what's necessary in order to restore democracy
," he pointed out.