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The approval of the Spanish government for PRI member Quirino Ordaz to become ambassador was celebrated as a success for President López Obrador.

This is how the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard shows it by showing the official document of the Spanish government on his Twitter account, in a week in which Panama sent President López Obrador its position on the appointment of Pedro Salmerón as representative of the Mexican government. in that country.

The Panamanian document was not shown by Foreign Minister Ebrard, which suggests that, as of yesterday, there has been no approval.

The positions of the Spanish and Panamanian governments leave study material for future members of the Mexican Foreign Service (SEM).

In the case of Spain, it took several months for the government of President Pedro Sánchez to give the PRI politician the approval. There have been many public criticisms of the Mexican president against Spain for no relevant strategic reason, putting one of the most important relationships for Mexico at diplomatic risk.

Last December this column revealed that the Spanish government would not approve Quirino Ordaz not only in response to President López Obrador’s behavior against Spain, but also because of Ordaz’s links with acts of corruption and, finally, because of the message that sends the Mexican president to Spain, by sending Ordaz, translates into a degradation in the bilateral relationship by having elected a politician whose party lost the Sinaloa elections last year. As there were frictions in the relationship, the best thing would have been to send a member of the SEM.

Two important sources of information, from Spain, confirmed to me in December that they would not give him the approval. I have known one of them for 20 years, and at that time she was linked to the publishing field of two large houses: Seix and Salvat.

In countries with very good diplomatic relations, approvals are delivered in a matter of days, not months.

Two weeks ago, the Secretary of State for Latin America and the Caribbean, Juan Fernández Trigo, was at the Mexican Foreign Ministry and, surely, he agreed with the undersecretary Carmen Toscano the approval in exchange for President López Obrador no longer launching puyas against Spain . If so, Spain would show a certain innocence.

By making the approval public, Secretary Ebrard tells us that it is good news for AMLO and for the chancellor himself. For the SEM it is bad news, particularly for those who believe in meritocracy, and it is bad news for Mexican foreign policy because it confirms that the Foreign Ministry is a placement agency.

Regarding Panama, I hope that Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard shows the letter with Panama’s consent. It would be interesting.


Fausto Pretelin Munoz de Cote

Consultant, academic, editor

Globali… what?

He was a research professor in the Department of International Studies at ITAM, published the book Referendum Twitter and was an editor and collaborator in various newspapers such as 24 Horas, El Universal, Milenio. He has published in magazines such as Foreign Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, Life&Style, Chilango and Revuelta. He is currently an editor and columnist at El Economista.

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