Lima (EFE).- The president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, announced that she has decided to withdraw the Peruvian ambassador in Mexico, Manuel Gerardo Talavera Espinar, in response to the statements of her president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whom she accuses of “interference in internal affairs” of the Andean country and having “decided to support the coup d’état” of former president Pedro Castillo.
“I have ordered the definitive retirement of our ambassador in the United Mexican States and, in this way, diplomatic relations between Peru and Mexico are formally at the level of business managers,” Boluarte said in a statement.
Accompanied by the President of the Council of Ministers, Alberto Otárola, and Foreign Minister Ana Gervasi, Boluarte “strongly” rejected López Obrador’s statements “on Peru’s internal affairs and unacceptable questions that, repeatedly,” the President of Mexico has formulated on “the constitutional and democratic origin” of his government.
“Mr. López has decided to support the coup d’état carried out by the now former president Pedro Castillo on December 7, 2022, the same one that generated the unanimous rejection of the institutions that make up the democratic order in Peru and the decision of the Congress of the Republic to vacate him in office with the vote of 101 of its 130 parliamentarians,” said the president.
He affirmed that the president “has decided to seriously affect the relations of mutual respect, friendship, cooperation and the desire for integration that have historically united Peru and Mexico”, by “privileging ideological affinities to the detriment of important integration processes”, which, according to Boluarte , benefit both peoples, like the Pacific Alliance.
“With his statements, Mr. López violates the principle of international law on non-interference in internal affairs, as well as those referring to the defense and promotion of democracy,” he added.
This Friday, the Mexican ruler reiterated his solidarity with Lilia Paredes, Castillo’s wife, after holding a meeting with her at the National Palace on Thursday.
López Obrador indicated that “Mexico will continue to support the president (Castillo) unjustly and illegally removed and will continue to demand that he be released. He cannot be in jail, it is a great injustice ”.
He reiterated his accusation that Boluarte is a “spurious president” and also condemned the death of about 60 people, according to his calculations, in the protests against the Boluarte government.
“I have seen polls where the spurious president has 15% acceptance, 85% disapprove. But she still has less approval from Congress, the deputies. They have 90% of the rejection, 90%, and even so they rule with bayonets, with repression, with force, ”she maintained.
Finally, López Obrador insisted that behind Castillo’s dismissal there is “a lot of racism and classism,” as well as “many vested interests in Peru because it is a country with many natural resources and those natural resources are highly coveted by large transnational companies.” , supported by foreign governments.