Peru Rejects “Interference” From Gustavo Petro

Peru protests Colombia President’s interference in internal politics

The Government of Peru expressed its “strong protest against the new act of interference” by the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, in matters of internal politics, through a diplomatic note on Monday (01.23.2023). The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared on Twitter that this note states that the Colombian president’s actions are inconsistent with international law.

This diplomatic initiative is a result of Petro’s statement, when on January 21st, police forcefully evicted hundreds of protesters from a university in Lima. In response, he shared a video on Twitter and asked the Organization of American States (OAS) to evaluate Peru. Hours later, Peru’s Prime Minister Alberto Otárola accused him to take care of “his business”, “assist the victims” and “improve his universities”.

Last December, Peru declared the Mexican Ambassador in Lima, Pablo Monroy, persona non grata, and he left the country along with former President Pedro Castillo’s wife and two children after they requested asylum in Mexico. The Peruvian Congress approved a motion to reject “the constant acts of meddling in the internal affairs” of the country by Petro and his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Additionally, the government showed their “discomfort” over Petro’s support of Castillo and now with this diplomatic note, the Foreign Ministry is also evaluating taking action against “acts of interference” by Bolivian President Luis Arce.

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