The Brazilian government decided to ban the entry of high-ranking officials from Venezuela in the country. The move was announced Tuesday (Aug 6) after the end of the Lima Group meeting in the Peruvian capital, attended by Brazilian Chancellor Ernesto Araújo.
In a note, Brazil’s Foreign Ministry said, “In line with recommendations adopted by the Lima Group, the Brazilian government decided to issue an inter-ministerial ordinance preventing high-ranking officials in the Venezuelan regime from entering the Brazilian territory. This is an act supported by Brazilian regulations.”
The ordinance is going through its final deliberations at the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. The list with the authorities targeted will be constantly updated, as Venezuelan politics changes quickly. The list will be unveiled after the ordinance is enacted.
The Lima Group meeting, held Tuesday (6) in support of Venezuela’s acting President Juan Guaidó, was joined by foreign ministers and representatives from countries in five continents.
The event, dubbed International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela, aimed to discuss the situation in the country and its regional impact under different perspectives in a space dedicated to dialog and reflection. According to a statement made by the Peruvian government, the goal is to help Venezuelans themselves overcome the severe crisis facing the nation through its constitution, the principles of international law, and the democratic system.
The Lima Group comprises Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guiana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Saint Lucia.