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The sudden order is the latest escalation in tensions between the two countries after Mexico announced that Pedro Castillo’s family was seeking asylum.

Peru has declared Mexico’s ambassador to Lima a “persona non grata” and ordered him to leave the country within 72 hours, Peru’s foreign minister announced.

The abrupt order came on Tuesday after Mexican ambassador Pablo Monroy announced that his country had granted refugee status to the family of Pedro Castillo, who dismiss the president of peru in the first day of this month.

Castillo is facing charges of sedition from behind bars after carrying out what critics called a coup on December 7.

Monroy’s expulsion was due to “repeated statements from the highest authorities of that country regarding the political situation in Peru,” according to a social media post by the Peruvian Foreign Ministry.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speak on Twitter, the deportation was “unjustified and reprehensible”. Ebrard said the government is negotiating safe passage for the Castillo family, who are inside their embassy in Lima.

Last week, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador harshly criticized Castillo’s removal as undemocratic, stressing that he continues to recognize Castillo as the legitimate leader of Peru.

Peruvian Foreign Minister Ana Cecilia Gervasi said the safe passage for Castillo’s wife and the couple’s two children has been officially approved. But neither government has given a timeline for when Castillo’s wife, Lilia Paredes, or their children, will travel to Mexico.

‘Undemocratic harassment’

Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico issued a joint statement last week declaring Castillo the victim of “undemocratic harassment”.

newly appointed President Dina Boluarte, who served as vice president under Castillo’s government, summoned Peru’s ambassadors to the country for consultations a few days later, citing unacceptable interference in internal affairs. of the country.

Also on Tuesday, Peruvian legislators passed early election proposalwith 93 supporters and just 30 opposed, bringing them to two years before the elections currently scheduled for 2026.

After Castillo attempted to dissolve Congress and rule by decree on December 7, lawmakers removed him from office. He tried to flee to the Mexican embassy but was arrested by police en route there.

His removal – and subsequent arrest and detention on charges of “conspiracy” and “sedition” – sparked widespread protests and prompted Boluarte’s government to declare nationwide state of emergency in 30 days.

The Peruvian court also rejected a request by prosecutors to ban Paredes from leaving the country on Tuesday while she was being investigated for alleged involvement in a money-laundering network that may also be linked to Castillo.

“Mexico is sheltering corrupt people,” Peruvian opposition lawmaker Maria del Carmen Alva told journalists on Tuesday.

But Mexico’s Lopez Obrador said while his government prioritizes non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, he has deviated from that principle when it comes to perceived ideological allies. is in Latin America.

Castillo will remain locked in 18 months detention after the judiciary panel approved prosecutors’ request for an extension while it investigates sedition and conspiracy charges against a former rural schoolteacher who won a narrow election last year, running under the banner of the Marxist Liberal Peruvian Party.

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