Fri, 18 Jun 2021

Mexico has sent a diplomatic note asking the United States to explain funding for an anti-corruption group critical of the government, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said shortly before a scheduled call with US Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday.

Lopez Obrador said the formal protest was sent because of funding for Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity, a group that investigates political corruption. The president says the group is seeking to undermine his government.

"It's promoting a form of coup," said Lopez Obrador, describing funding that includes money from the US Agency for International Development, commonly known as USAID, as an affront to Mexico's sovereignty.

"That's why we're asking that (the US government) clarifies this for us. A foreign government can't provide money to political groups."

On its website, Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity lists USAID among its financial backers.

Lopez Obrador's complaint came hours before he was set to meet virtually at 09:00 on Friday with Harris to discuss migration and other bilateral issues.

After Lopez Obrador threatened to send the diplomatic note on Thursday, the group posted that its work was completely legal.

Source: News24

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