MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said on Monday he had asked the Spanish government and Pope Francis to apologise to indigenous Mexicans for wrongs committed during the Spanish conquest some 500 years ago.
Lopez Obrador said in a video shared on Facebook and Twitter he had written to Spain's King Felipe VI about the matter.
"I already sent a letter to the king of Spain and another letter to the Pope so that they ask forgiveness of indigenous peoples for violations of what are now known as human rights," he said.
Spain is one of Mexico's biggest sources of foreign direct investment. The Mexican government has yet to ratify a new free trade deal reached with the European Union in April 2018.
Speaking with his wife at an archaeological zone in the southeastern state of Tabasco, Lopez Obrador said the letter cited massacres that took place during the Spanish conquest at the beginning of the 16th century.