MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed Friday that the freeze in relations with Spain that he announced at the beginning of the year remains in place, but denied that it was a break between the two countries. Affects close business relationships. The Spanish government regarded the statements as incomprehensible.
A day after the foreign ministers of Mexico and Spain announced the resumption of bilateral cooperation, López Obrador said during his morning conference call that “the pause (in relations) continues because there is no attitude of respect from their side”. “
The ruler said, “We are not going to ask them to return everything they took, just to acknowledge that there were abuses, there were massacres, that native peoples were repressed.” Felipe VI in which he asked him to apologize for the conquistadors, but received no response.
Last February, López Obrador announced that his government would freeze ties with Spain after accusing energy companies in that country of engaging in “theft”, though he declined to sever diplomatic ties.
Despite his criticism, the president regarded the meeting held on Thursday by the Binational Commission of Mexico and Spain as positive, saying that no Spanish company could be prevented from doing legal business in the country.
“What we don’t want is that they see us as a land of conquest, that they want to see us as a colonial country. That’s all,” he added.
Hours later, Spain expressed in a statement that it found “incomprehensible” López Obrador’s statements following the successful meeting of the Binational Commission and indicated that it would always support the strengthening of ties between the two countries.
Spanish companies have a significant presence in Mexico in key sectors such as banking, energy and tourism, while Mexican companies maintain million-dollar businesses in Spain in sectors such as infrastructure, agribusiness, banking, communications and the real estate sector.
Following the meeting of the Binational Commission, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in a statement that the two governments had agreed to reactivate the entire cooperation network.