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South African Ambassador Recalls Mexico’s Historical Stand Against Apartheid

Beryl Rose Sisulu, South Africa’s ambassador to Mexico, gave an interview to Mexican journalist Alina Duarte on Feb. 7, in which she reported that during the fight against apartheid in South Africa, Mexico had closed its Honorary Consul in Cape Town and supported sanctions against the apartheid regime. This happened in 1974, during the presidency of Luis Echeverría.

Ambassador Sisulu continued: “Younger Mexicans may not know this, but Mexico took a stand against apartheid in those years, and I expect Mexico to take a stand again.” The Mexican administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has so far only expressed its “concern” over the Gaza situation, but has not supported the South African filing before the ICJ.

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