Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
March in support of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in Mexico City. Photo by: Reuters/Toya Sarno Jordan

President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, disclosed on Thursday that he won't be attending Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Summit due to Peru as both countries don't have any relations.

"I'm not going to attend the San Francisco (summit) because we do not have relations with Peru," the Mexican President said, AA reported.

The annual APEC Leaders' Summit is due to be held in San Francisco, California, in November this year.

The statement came after López Obrador slammed Peru's new government following former President Pedro Castillo's ouster last December. Castillo's ouster resulted in social unrest and several protests across Peru.

The Mexican government even granted political asylum to Castillo's wife and children. However, this didn't go well with Peru's new government and it damaged relations between both nations.

In fact, President López Obrador refused to recognize the new Peru President Dina Boluarte, and called her an "usurper." As a counter-reaction, Peru removed Mexico's ambassador, Manuel Gerardo Talavera from the country.

Earlier this year, President López Obrador said that Mexico considers it "a great injustice to have removed him (Castillo) from office because he was elected by the people. In addition, the conservatives of Peru, which are a minority, violated the constitution," VOA News reported.

Talking about Peru's condition, Peruvian President Boluarte declared a state of emergency, earlier this week, in three districts of the country in order to fight against crime.

The emergency has been imposed in two districts located in the capital of Peru - San Juan de Lurigancho and San Martín de Porres. The third district is the Piura locality of Sullana.

Peru's Prime Minister Alberto Otárola Peñaranda shared that the emergency will take effect from Tuesday (Sept. 19) onwards, adding that it will suspend all civil rights, including "inviolability of the home."

Peruvian President Boluarte is currently in New York City to attend the 78th United Nations General Assembly. However, during the emergency announcement, the president was virtually present.

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