Mexico calls on Joe Biden to end 'disdain for Latin America'
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador welcomes his American counterpart Joe Biden.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday called on United States President Joe Biden to “end the oblivion, abandonment and disdain for Latin America and the Caribbean” on the eve of the North American Leaders Summit, which is due to bring the two leaders together on Tuesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mr. President Biden, you have the key to opening and substantially improving relations between all the countries of the American continent, added Mr. Lopez Obrador facing Mr. Biden during an opening statement at the press just before their bilateral meeting in Mexico City late Monday.
“This is the time to put an end to this neglect, this abandonment and this disdain towards Latin America and the Caribbean, opposed to the policy of good neighborliness of this titan of freedom that was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
— Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexican President
In the last 15 years alone, we have spent billions of dollars in the hemisphere, tens of billions of dollars, defended the American president, according to whom the United States provides more foreign aid than any country.
Unfortunately, our responsibility does not end with the Western Hemisphere, he said, citing Central Europe, Asia, Africa, Southeast Asia.
Joe Biden arrived in the Mexican capital on Sunday evening after a presidential visit to the southern border of the United States. This place is politically tense due to illegal immigration, a subject that should be on the menu of the North American Leaders Summit, in addition to trade disputes, drug trafficking and the latest events in the world. Brazil.
Accompanied by his wife, Justin Trudeau arrived Monday afternoon in Mexico City. The Canadian Prime Minister took part in a discussion with business leaders from across the continent. In the evening, he must join MM. Biden and Lopez Obrador for a dinner to which their companions are also invited.
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, are welcomed by the Mexican President, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his wife.
The Prime Minister of Canada should also be entitled to his face-to-face meeting with the American president. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
It's a trilateral meeting, but many bilateral issues are also discussed during these meetings, says Gary Doer, who served as ambassador for the Canada in the United States from 2009 to 2016.
The then Prime Minister Stephen Harper had several one-on-one meetings with his US counterpart Barack Obama the last time the summit was held in Mexico, 2014, recalls Mr. Doer.
After a five-year hiatus, Joe Biden had relaunched this tripartite summit by welcoming his counterparts to the White House in November 2021. This time, in Mexico City, they will try to tune their violins a little when it comes to trade. , energy production and industrial policy.
On the dairy front, the United States maintains that the Canadian market, subject to the management of the supply, deprives U.S. producers of fair access to customers north of the border. Washington also claims that Mexico unfairly favors domestic energy suppliers.
For their part, Mexico and Canada criticize the United States for not playing a level playing field when it comes to how it defines foreign content in its automotive supply chains.
Mexico is also under pressure to agree with the United States on President Lopez Obrador's plan to ban imports of genetically modified corn and the herbicide glyphosate, a decree that angered American farmers.
The Prime Minister of Canada and the Presidents of the United States and Mexico are in Mexico City.
Then there is Buy American, the long-standing and politically popular American doctrine of favoring domestic suppliers over those of neighboring allies.
Canada may have avoided disaster when President Biden's electric vehicle tax credits were changed last year to include North American manufacturers, but the president still rarely misses a chance to brag. established supply chains in America.
And the green energy incentives currently in place in the United States are still causing problems for Canada, according to Louise Blais, a retired Canadian diplomat who served as UN ambassador and consul. General in Atlanta.
I expect the Mexican President and the Canadian Prime Minister to raise this issue with the President to say, “Look, we need to have a more continental approach to some of these policies,” she explains.
It is in the interest of the United States to implement these measures so that they really stimulate prosperity in its own country, according to Ms. Blais.
En As a country that is not immune to the influences of irregular migration and the flow of fentanyl across the US-Mexico border, Canada will also need to be part of this conversation, which is expected to largely dominate the mainstream. x27;agenda.
The Biden administration has already welcomed the bloody arrest on Thursday in Mexico of a key fentanyl trafficker, Ovidio Guzman, son of drug trafficker El Chapo Guzman, who is serving a life sentence in the United States.
A illegal migrant from Venezuela with her child in Texas, United States, not far from the Mexican border
With respect to illegal migration, United States Customs and Border Protection authorities have reported nearly 2.4 million deportations and arrests at or near the southern border over the past last year, an increase of 37% over the previous year. There would be a post-pandemic increase in irregular migration in both directions across the northern border.
Moreover, if the subject is not officially on the agenda, it seems obvious that the unrest in Brazil, where places of power have been ransacked by supporters of the former president of extreme right Jair Bolsonaro, will be in the minds of the three leaders.
This will be particularly the case in that of Joe Biden, who condemned these scandalous violence which occurred almost two years to the day after the attack on the Capitol in Washington by supporters of another defeated president, Donald Trump.
Finally, this week's meetings in Mexico could provide a new indication of when President Biden will make his first visit to Canada since taking office, a long-standing bilateral tradition that usually comes soon after a presidential inauguration but was short-circuited in 2021 by the pandemic .
With information from Agence France -Presse, La Presse canadienne, and Associated Press