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February 01, 1961

TELEGRAM FROM INDIAN CHARGE D’AFFAIRES IN MEXICO, 'POLITICAL REPORT FOR MEXICO FOR JANUARY 1961'

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    Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos speaks on Mexico's place in international affairs.
    "Telegram from Indian Charge d’Affaires in Mexico, 'Political Report for Mexico for January 1961'," February 01, 1961, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, File No. 6)77)RI/61. Obtained by Ryan Musto. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/133962
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FROM: P.L. Bhandari, Charge d’Affaires, Mexico

TO: Foreign Secretary, MEA

DATE: February 1, 1961

By Bag A

No. 1(SP)61

Political Report for Mexico for January 1961

…President Adolfo Lopez Mateos, at a New Year ceremony in the National Palace, said that Mexico had ceased to be a “legend in the world and a name in geography” and had become “a power in world conscience.” How far this is true is a moot point, but the Mexican Government is seriously trying to attain a position, at least in American continental politics, somewhat similar to India’s in international affairs. In words reminiscent of those uttered by our Prime Minister in the USA more than a decade ago, Lopez Mateos declared that “Mexico cannot remain indifferent to world changes and hopes that peace will eventually prevail. In these trying times Mexico reaffirms its principles of liberty, democracy and social justice.”