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Mexico rules out severing ties with Israel over Gaza, calls for peace

We are not going to break relations with Israel, or take a position beyond calling for peace, Mexico’s leftist president says

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Mexico’s leftist president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday ruled out breaking diplomatic relations with Israel over the conflict in Gaza, urging political leaders to work for a peaceful solution to the dispute.

Lopez Obrador has staked out a more moderate position than some other Latin American leftists, with Colombia, Chile and Honduras recalling their ambassadors to Israel over its strikes on Gaza. Bolivia broke off diplomatic ties altogether.

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Asked for his view on the latest developments in Gaza at a regular press conference, Lopez Obrador reiterated that Mexico wanted to remain neutral, and called for more international efforts to put an end to the violence in the region.

“We - and I want to be very clear when I say this, are not going to break relations with Israel, or take a position beyond calling for peace,” Lopez Obrador said.

“Everything that is happening is very sad, very painful, very inhumane,” he added. “Irrationality is what is predominating. Of course, I am for peace and for a ceasefire.”

Mexico’s government condemned the attacks by Hamas against Israel on Oct. 7, but has also urged Israel to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza and is pressing for a two-state solution.

Mexican diplomat Alicia Buenrostro, speaking last week at a UN emergency special session on Gaza, called for Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian territories.

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