Mexico said that it is considering breaking off diplomatic relations with Venezuela after President Hugo Chavez accused the Mexican government of stealing the presidential election.
"The Mexican government rejects completely the judgments expressed about the Mexican electoral process and its results, made by the President of the Boliviarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr. Hugo Chavez, in his interview with CNN en Espanol," Mexico's foreign ministry said yesterday. "Even though false, they constitute an inadmissible intervention in the internal affairs of our country."
"The Mexican government regrets this statement by the Venezuelan leader about a subject that pertains exclusively to Mexicans and their institutions," the ministry said in an e-mail to reporters.
"In light of these statements, the Mexican government is evaluating the level of relations it will maintain with the government of Venezuela for the rest of this administration," the e-mail said. Mexican President Vicente Fox hands power to the ruling party's Felipe Calderon on December 1.
Chavez said in Caracas last week that his government had not recognised Calderon's victory because of concerns about alleged irregularities.
Chavez accused Mexico's ruling party of stealing the presidential election, and said Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon had "destroyed" the opportunity for good relations with Venezuela during his campaign.