Peru accuses Mexico of interference in inner affairs after Castillo ouster


The Mexican ambassador in Lima has been summoned by Peru’s international ministry on complaints Mexico is interfering in its inner affairs, after prime officers weighed in on the ouster earlier this week of Peru’s former President Pedro Castillo.

Castillo, who was faraway from energy on Wednesday after he tried to dissolve Peru’s Congress and name for brand new elections, was arrested whereas allegedly touring to the Mexican Embassy, in accordance with Peruvian prosecutors.

Mexico’s Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard later stated that Castillo requested for asylum, and Mexican President Lopez Obrador criticized Peruvian elites, calling for the safety of the ousted president’s human rights.

Lopez Obrado additionally stated he had directed Ambassador Pablo Monroy to “open the embassy’s door” to Castillo. Monroy reportedly met with Castillo on Thursday.

A press release from Peru’s Overseas Affairs Ministry on Friday stated the “comments made by the Mexican authorities are an interference in Peru’s internal matters and do not reflect the events in recent days.”

It added that the “comments made by these (Mexican) authorities about the right of asylum requested by former President Castillo, (we) informed Ambassador Monroy the need for states to follow all regulation established in current international treaties and to comply with all requirements.”

It additionally careworn the “mutual respect and the norms of international law,” in addition to Mexico and Peru’s “long tradition of friendship.”

In his tweet, Ebrard shared a duplicate of the letter apparently signed by Castillo’s lawyer on Thursday.

“I have the high honor of addressing you, and in light of the latest political events that have occurred in this country, which you are aware of in great detail, I request that you consider granting asylum to citizen Pedro José Castillo Terrones,” the letter learn.

Ebrard stated his authorities has “started consultations with the Peruvian authorities,” and confirmed that Monroy had met with Castillo.

“He found him physically well and in the company of his lawyer,” Ebrard stated.

The identical day, Mexico’s leftist President Obrador informed journalists that Castillo tried to go to the Mexican embassy in Lima to request asylum.

“I contacted Marcelo Ebrard and I informed him. I asked him to talk to the ambassador (Monroy) and to open the embassy’s door according to our asylum tradition,” the President informed journalists. “We ask to respect his human rights.”

“We are very sorry about what happened because since Pedro Castillo won, legally, legitimately, he was the victim of harassment, of confrontation, his adversaries, especially the economic and political elites of that country, did not accept that he governed, among other things, and that is what I regret the most,” he added.

Requested on Friday morning if she would agree to talk to Lopez Obrador on this matter and situation a secure passage for Castillo, Peru’s new President Dina Boluarte informed journalists she is going to comply with the legislation.

“I have always followed the law. We will follow the law for asylum in the case of the former President and his family, that would need to be come from the Mexican government.”

Castillo is at present beneath a seven-day preliminary arrest ordered by the Supreme Court docket on Thursday.

His arrest marks a humiliating downturn in Castillo’s quick political profession. The previous schoolteacher and union chief rose from obscurity to be elected in July 2021 by a slender margin in a runoff. and was seen as a part of a “pink tide” of latest left-wing leaders in Latin America.

He ran on a platform promising to rewrite the structure and improve wealth redistribution by granting states larger management over markets and pure assets, pledges that he has struggled to ship amid rising inflation in Peru, his lack of political expertise and powerful conservative opposition in Congress.