The Mexican president referred to the refusal of the Peruvian Congress to allow the president to attend and spoke about the frustrated invitation to Lula da Silva and Alberto Fernández
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (REUTERS/Henry Romero/Archive)
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed this Tuesday that the summit of the Alianza del Pacífico scheduled for this Friday in the country due to the refusal of the Peruvian Congress to allow the attendance of President Pedro Castillo. He also made references to Alberto Fernández and Lula.
“The meeting of the Pacific Alliance was suspended because the president of Peru was not allowed to attend and he is the presidency (of the organization) , I was going to receive it here, and we are exploring the possibility of holding an event in Peru”, López Obrador declared in his daily press conference.
Despite Following the suspension of the summit, the Mexican president confirmed the visit of the other member presidents, the Chilean Gabriel Boric, and the Colombian Gustavo Petro, as well as the ruler of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, who is seeking to join the trade bloc.
< p class="paragraph">“President Boric will be with us tomorrow afternoon, and I can tell you that President Lasso and President Petro are coming in a bilateral meeting, they are the ones who will be with us,” López Obrador explained.
The president of Mexico had already advanced on Monday the possibility of suspending the meeting of the Pacific Alliance, a commercial bloc made up of his country, Chile, Colombia and Peru, due to the absence of Castillo, who faces a constitutional complaint for criminal organization, influence peddling and collusion.
Alberto Fernández and Lula (REUTERS/Carla Carniel)
López Obrador, who has previously supported Castillo and has denounced that there is “racism” behind the attempts of the Peruvian Congress to remove him, commented that he will consult with the other alliance partners about going to Peru.
“We are working on it, it is probable, that we can go to hold the meeting there in December, in the first week of December, but now that Gustavo Petro is coming and President Boric is coming, who are members of the Pacific Alliance, we are going to address this issue”, he indicated.
The Pacific Alliance, formally constituted 10 years ago and which seeks to strengthen trade integration, boasts of being “the eighth economic power and the eighth exporting power worldwide”, representing 41% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Latin America. and attract 38% of direct foreign investment.
The summit in Mexico had raised expectations for being the first time in which the four presidents that make up the bloc are from the left.< /p>
In addition, López Obrador had taken the opportunity to invite other leaders of the Latin American left, such as the Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, and the president-elect of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The president of Ecuador and Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves, who seek to enter the bloc, would also attend commercial.
“For the same reason, President-elect Lula will not be there, nor President Alberto Fernández from Argentina, but this is the house of both of us, we are very good friends, and later, surely, they will visit us”, concluded López Obrador.
(With information from EFE)