The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said on Friday that he does not want his country to have economic or commercial relations with Peru, “until there is democratic normality” in the Andean country, something that according to the president does not currently exist under the government of Dina Boluarte.
The statements by the Mexican president come one day after the Congress of the South American nation declared him “persona non grata” for her criticism of her Peruvian counterpart and her refusal to hand over the leadership of the Pacific Alliance, a regional group also made up of Colombia and Chile.
“As long as there is no democratic normality in Peru, we do not want economic or commercial relations with them,” said López Obrador, in his daily press conference, where he also stated that the bilateral relationship has been left in a “pause” status.
Consulted by a journalist about the delivery of the baton of the Pacific Alliance to Peru, He reiterated that he will not grant it to Boluartebecause “he is usurping the presidency”, and he is considering giving it to his Chilean colleague, Gabriel Boric.
“I can deliver it to Chile without any problem; to Petro, Gustavo Petro, president of Colombia, no, because they also declared him unpleasant,” he explained.
Mexico was to transfer the group’s pro tempore presidency to Peru late last year but López Obrador refused to do so when the Peruvian Congress removed President Pedro Castillo from office, and Boluarte assumed power.
The Pacific Alliance is an integration mechanism based on the free circulation of goods, services and capital that seeks to become a power, targeting Asian markets.