The Peruvian Government has withdrawn the invitation previously extended to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to attend the 8th Summit of the Americas taking place in Lima in April.
In a letter addressed to Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza, Peru's Foreign Affairs Ministry explains the decision
is based on the Declaration of Quebec City
, adopted during the 3rd Summit of the Americas back in 2001.
Said declaration states that "any unconstitutional alteration or interruption of the democratic order in a State of the Hemisphere constitutes an insurmountable obstacle to the participation of that State's government in the Summit of the Americas process."
According to the senior official, the Peruvian Government's decision was backed
by foreign affairs ministers and representatives of the Group.
Maduro said he would participate in the event "come rain, thunder or lightning."