Ousted Peruvian President Pedro Castillo. Photo: Google


After issuing a joint statement with Colombia, Argentina and Bolivia expressing concern over the political unrest in Peru and about the possible violation of the human rights of that country’s ousted President Pedro Castillo one day earlier, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Tuesday, Dec. 13, announced that he was hitting the pause button on relations with Lima and would only recognize Castillo as that South American nation’s legitimate head of state.

Speaking during his daily presser at the National Palace on Tuesday, AMLO said, “For Mexico, Pedro Castillo continues to be the president of Peru and not Dina Boluarte.”

AMLO also said that Mexico’s relations with Peru are now “on pause.”

Boluarte was instated on Wednesday, Dec. 7, after Castillo was ousted by the Peruvian Congress for an attempted coup d’état.

López Obrador also said that Castillo “had won his position democratically and cannot be removed from office.”

He added that it has not yet been determined what will happen to the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Pacific Alliance after the suspension of the summit in Lima, which has been suspended due to the unrest in Peru.

On Friday, Dec. 9, Peru’s government formally reprimanded AMLO for trying to meddle in its internal affairs.

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