- Title: Mexico accuses Bolivia of more harassment, Bolivia cites threats against embassy
- Date: 25th December 2019
- Summary: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (DECEMBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BOLIVIAN POLICE OFFICERS AT THE EXTERIOR MEXICO'S EMBASSY IN LA PAZ SIGN ON MEXICAN EMBASSY THAT READS (Spanish) "EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF MEXICO"
- Embargoed: 8th January 2020 16:58
- Keywords: Bolivia La Paz Mexico Mexico City security
- Location: INTERNET / LA PAZ, MEXICO
- City: INTERNET / LA PAZ, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBH2P1J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: AUDIO AS INCOMING
A diplomatic rift is emerging between Mexico City and La Paz. Mexico has stepped up accusations against the Bolivian government of harassment of its diplomatic staff in La Paz, whilst a Bolivian government official has said security has been bolstered at Mexico's embassy amidst reported threats.
Mexico this week accused Bolivia of intimidating its diplomats after a chill in relations since Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador last month gave political asylum to former Bolivian president Evo Morales, a fellow leftist.
The Mexican Foreign Minister has said Bolivian police were registering the movements of people coming and going from diplomatic facilities, as well as tracking diplomatic vehicles and trying to prevent the ambassador from moving freely.
But Bolivia has denied the accusations, saying that it is responding to threats against Mexican diplomatic personnel in La Paz.
Bolivia's presidential secretary, Erick Foronda, said security personnel were placed around the Mexican embassy to protect the site because it is housing Morales allies, state news outlet Bolivian Information Agency (ABI) reported.
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