Peru recalls ambassador to Colombia

PERU announced yesterday a “definitive recall” of its ambassador to Colombia, accusing its neighbour, as it did with Mexico last month, of downplaying ex-president Pedro Castillo’s recent attempted power grab, which led to his ouster and arrest.

The Peruvian Foreign Ministry said the move followed “repeated interference and offensive expressions” by leftist Colombian President Gustavo Petro, who was “distorting reality by ignoring that on December 7, 2022, a coup d’etat took place in Peru perpetrated by former president Pedro Castillo.”