Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador. Photo/REUTERS
MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was angry because his government was accused by the United States Department of State (US) of committing human rights violations.
Obrador denounced his country’s northern neighbor as a “liar”.
Speaking at a news briefing on Tuesday (21/3/2023) in Oaxaca, Mexico, Lopez Obrador responded angrily to a State Department report on Monday on human rights.
US President Joe Biden’s administration claims there are credible reports of extrajudicial killings by Mexican authorities, as well as enforced disappearances, torture and inhumane treatment of civilians.
The US has also criticized Mexico for corruption, rampant crime and the low level of offenses prosecuted by courts.
Asked by a reporter about the accusation, Lopez Obrador said, “That’s not true. They are liars.”
He added, “There’s no point in getting angry. That’s how they are. The US believes they are the world government.”
Lopez Obrador made his comments before a meeting scheduled for Tuesday night with former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is now Biden’s climate envoy.
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