The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)confirmed this Tuesday that the Pacific Alliance summit scheduled for this Friday in the country is suspended due to the refusal of the Peruvian Congress to allow the attendance of President Pedro Castillo.
“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), he was going to receive it here, and we are exploring the possibility of holding an act in Peru”stated Lopez Obrador in his daily press conference.
LOOK: President of Mexico on Pedro Castillo: “It has been a short time and they have been harassing him”
Despite 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 Lassowho seeks to join the commercial bloc.
The appointment was scheduled for November 25 in Mexico City.
“Tomorrow also in the afternoon the president will be with us Boric and I can tell you that the president is coming in a bilateral meeting LassoPresident PetroThey are the ones who will be with us.”deepened López Obrador.
On Monday, AMLO had already requested that the meeting be cancelled. “It is very likely that the meeting of the countries of the Pacific Alliance will be canceled because they did not give permission to attend the president of Peru, and then we are going to postpone or look for another option.is that I am the transitional or temporary president of that alliance and it is up to the president of Peru to receive the presidency, so if he does not come, who do I hand him over to?” he said AMLO in his Mañanera broadcast daily on social networks.
He maintained that one of the ways for the meeting to take place is for the meeting to take place in Peru; however, he added that this plan would have to be consulted.
“We could hold a meeting in Peru because I have to hand over the presidency to Pedro Castillo. That may be an option, do it there, but I have to consult. What I do not consider appropriate is to hold a meeting without the president who should receive the post being there ”, manifested AMLO.
AMLO He said that he will still hold bilateral meetings with other presidents of the Pacific alliance who visit Mexico.
“I am going to have bilateral meetings, if the president of Chile comes, if the president of Costa Rica comes, the president of Honduras comes, but not necessarily this meeting of the Pacific Alliance”.
The Pacific allianceformally 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 attracting 38 % of foreign direct investment.
The summit in Mexico It had raised expectations because it was the first time that the four presidents that make up the bloc are from the left.
Also, AMLO had taken the opportunity to invite other leaders of the Latin American left, such as the Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, and the elected president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The Ecuadorian and Costa Rican presidents, Rodrigo Chaves, who seek to enter the trade bloc, would also attend.
“For the same reason, President-elect Lula will not be there, nor President Alberto Fernández of 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