The Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) of Mexico instructed María Teresa Mercado, ambassador to BoliviaThat she return to Mexican territory, after the Bolivian interim president declared her a person not welcome and gave 72 hours to leave the country.
“The Government of Mexico takes note of the communication declaring the ambassador persona non grata,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement and assured that it instructed the official to return to Mexico to “safeguard their safety and integrity”.
The measure comes after Bolivia denounced on Friday that officials from the Spanish Embassy came accompanied by “hooded men” to the Mercado residence, which houses some former ministers from the former president’s stage Evo Morales prosecuted for charges such as terrorism.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry highlighted the performance of Mercado, who “has obtained decorations from nations such as Denmark and the Netherlands.”
In the same way, he pointed out that “he always complied with the foreign policy principles enshrined in the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States and in International Law” and therefore considered that this decision is “of a political nature.”
It also pointed out that the embassy will be in charge of Ana Luisa Vallejo, who until now served as head of the mission’s chancery.
He stressed that the representation of Mexico in Bolivia will continue to operate normally despite this situation.
Jeanine Áñez, who assumed the interim Presidency of Bolivia after the resignation of Evo Morales, declared this Monday people not pleasant to Mercado and the Spanish diplomats Cristina Borreguero and Álvaro Fernández, along with a group of officials who were given 72 hours to leave the country after the incident occurred last week.
“This group of representatives of the Governments of Mexico and Spain has seriously injured the sovereignty of the people and the constitutional Government of Bolivia,” said the interim president of Bolivia in an appearance at the Government Palace of La Paz.
Mexico had already denounced the harassment by security forces of its diplomatic headquarters in the South American country, since since last December 23, around 90 police and army agents appeared outside the facilities.
On November 15, Mexico received several asylum seekers at its embassy and at the ambassador’s residence in La Paz.
Last week, the Mexican government detailed that it would request precautionary measures from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of the United Nations to stop the siege of Mexico’s diplomatic facilities in the Bolivian capital as soon as possible. EFE