Mexico City, Mexico — The Government of Peru has ordered the withdraw of the Peruvian ambassador in Mexico. The call was made by Peruvian President Dina Boluarte after recent criticism by Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).
On Friday, the Presidencia del Perú said “The Government of Peru has ordered the definitive retirement of its ambassador in the United Mexican States and in this way, diplomatic relations between Peru and Mexico are formally at the level of Chargé d’Affaires.”
The Peruvian President’s decision is in reaction to recent talks between López Obrador and the former first lady Lilia Paredesl who met on Thursday.
In her message, Boluarte expressed her “strong rejection” of the expressions made by the President of Mexico on internal affairs of Peru and described his questions about the “constitutional and democratic origin” of her government as “unacceptable”.
“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 of Peru and the decision of the Congress of the Republic to vacate him in office with the vote of 101 of its 130 parliamentarians, making use of a power that the Political Constitution recognizes,” she said.
“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,” she added.
Dina Boluarte also said that Andrés Manuel López Obrador has decided to “seriously affect” the bicentennial relations between Peru and Mexico by favoring ideological affinities to the detriment of integration processes such as the Pacific Alliance.
“Taking the foregoing into account, 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,” she said.
López Obrador said that in the meeting he held with Lilia Paredes, she asked him to maintain his support for Pedro Castillo, a former Peruvian president who is currently serving preventive detention for the coup d’état that he perpetrated in December 2022.
At the time of publishing, AMLO had not made a public statement regarding her comments or her request of the Peru ambassador to leave Mexico. At the time, AMLO was on a work tour in the state of Quintana Roo.