February 26, 2019 / 7:28 PM / 8 months ago

Peru cancelling visas of Venezuelan diplomats at Lima embassy - official

A view of the Venezuelan embassy in Lima, Peru February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru is cancelling the visas of diplomats at the Venezuelan embassy in Lima, and will notify them that they will be in the country illegally starting on March 9, a Peruvian official said on Tuesday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hugo de Zela said in a broadcast interview with radio station RPP that Peru recognises Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s designated ambassador to Peru and will no longer acknowledge embassy officials appointed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Reporting By Mitra Taj; editing by Grant McCool

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