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Mexican President refuses to attend APEC summit in US over Peru’s participation

MEXICO CITY, September 21 – RIA Novosti. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Mexico will not attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit because the forum is dedicated to regional issues in Asia and includes Peru, with whom Mexico has no relations.

“I won’t be in San Francisco (at the APEC summit) because we don’t have relations with Peru and they are dealing with Asia-Pacific issues, we don’t want to be involved in that. Best regards,” the politician said at a press conference broadcast by the Mexican government on social networks.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is a trade and economic forum of 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Countries in the American continent include Canada, the USA, Mexico, Chile and Peru.

Mexico and Peru suspended relations this year following the ouster of former President Pedro Castillo. Mexico also refused to hand over the Pacific Alliance presidency to current Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, whom the Mexican government considers illegitimate. The Peruvian Congress declared the Mexican leader persona non grata.

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