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Mexico calls diplomatic meeting to protest Bolivian ‘harassment’

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during his daily news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico in this file photo.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during his daily news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico in this file photo.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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The spat follows a chill in relations after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador last month gave political asylum to former Bolivian president Evo Morales, a fellow leftist.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday requested a meeting with Bolivia's charge d'affaires to protest the “harassment and intimidation” of its diplomatic personnel in the Bolivian city La Paz.

Since Monday, Mexico has accused Bolivia of ramping up police presence outside its embassy and intimidating diplomats.

The spat follows a chill in relations after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador last month gave political asylum to former Bolivian president Evo Morales, a fellow leftist.

Bolivia's ousted President Evo Morales is welcomed by Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard during his arrival to take asylum in Mexico, in Mexico City, Mexico

Bolivia's ousted President Evo Morales is welcomed by Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard during his arrival to take asylum in Mexico, in Mexico City, Mexico   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said it called a meeting for Thursday so that the Bolivian charge d'affaires can “explain the behavior of Bolivian authorities,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that nine people are being housed in diplomatic facilities in Bolivia under Mexico's protection.

In a letter to Bolivia's Foreign Ministry dated Tuesday, the Mexican embassy said the number of police officers surrounding its facilities had been increasing since November and that it detected surveillance drones over diplomatic buildings.

“More than protecting these sites and Mexican diplomatic personnel... they intimidate those staff and disrupt the peace and dignity of this diplomatic representation,” said the letter, released on Wednesday evening.

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