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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Mexico and Chile regret Castillo’s absence in Colombia

LIMA ( Associated Press) – The foreign ministers of Mexico and Chile expressed regret Friday that Peruvian President Pedro Castillo did not travel to Colombia after Congress, in an unprecedented decision in Peruvian history, called for the inauguration of President-elect Gustavo Petro. Denied permission to attend.

On their official Twitter social network, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Chile’s Foreign Minister Antonia Urrezola both condemned the absence of Peru’s head of state. Later, Colombia’s newly elected President Gustavo Petro retweeted Ebrard’s message.

The Mexican foreign minister, who is visiting South America and is in Bolivia, said Castillo’s presence in Colombia would be missed as that country held “high-level meetings to address inflation, recession, food crises and new risks.” Health”.

“We will miss Peru,” said the Mexican foreign minister, who began his South American tour in Peru, where he met with Castillo and Mexican businessmen on Wednesday. The Mexican foreign minister’s message is unusual because of the traditional Mexican foreign policy of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

For his part, Chile’s Foreign Minister Antonia Urezola also lamented that Castillo had to be absent from the inauguration of the new Colombian president. “There are few opportunities to come together to discuss the challenges we face as a region,” he posted on Twitter.

It is the first time in Peruvian history that Congress has denied them a permit that a president requests to leave the country by law. The opposition said Castillo could survive because he has five preliminary judicial investigations, some for corruption. In turn, he argued that the government does not have a prime minister because Anibal Torres made his position available on Wednesday while still in office.

Castillo said parliament behaved in an “unusual and arrogant manner”.

Less than a month later, a Congress dominated by ultra-conservatives ruled out the possibility of Lima hosting the 52nd regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), because at least one from the organization was established. was against the request. Neutral bathroom that can be used by anyone regardless of gender. Facing international pressure, he later gave the nod.

The last President of Peru, who left the country and did not return, was Alberto Fujimori (1990–2000), who, in November 2000, in the midst of a major corruption scandal, attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum ( Associated PressEC) in Brunei. had traveled to. Acronym in English) and then moved to Tokyo, from where he resigned. Congress later removed him due to moral incapacity.

Now 84-year-old Fujimori is serving a 25-year prison sentence for murder and corruption in Lima Prison. The former president made an abrupt return to Chile in 2005, where he was arrested, extradited to Peru in 2007 and sentenced by Peruvian courts in 2009.

Castillo began his administration a year ago, during which time parliament has tried to remove him on two occasions without success.

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