Mexican president suspends Pacific Alliance summit

Mexico City (EFE).- The Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, confirmed this Tuesday that the Pacific Alliance summit scheduled for Friday in the country is suspended due to the refusal of the Peruvian Congress to authorize the presence of the President Pedro Castillo.

“The Pacific Alliance meeting 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 studying the possibility of holding an act in Peru,” he said. López Obrador during his daily press conference.

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 Ecuadorian leader Guillermo Lasso, who is seeking to join the trading bloc.

“Tomorrow afternoon President Boric will also be with us and I can tell you that President Lasso, President Petro, is coming for a bilateral meeting, they are the ones who will be with us,” explained López Obrador.

The president of Mexico had already raised on Monday the possibility of suspending the meeting of the Pacific Alliance, a trading bloc made up of his country, Chile, Colombia and Peru, due to the absence of Castillo, who makes facing a constitutional complaint for criminal organization. , influence peddling and collusion.

Support for Castillo

López Obrador, who has previously backed Castillo and denounced that there is “racism” behind the Peruvian Congress’ attempts to impeach him, said he would consult with other alliance partners about visiting Peru.

“We are working on it, it is likely that we can go and hold the meeting there in December, 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 will tackle this problem,” he said.

The Pacific Alliance, formally formed 10 years ago and which aims to deepen trade integration, prides itself on being “the world’s eighth economic power and eighth exporting power”, accounting for 41% of gross domestic product (GDP ) from Latin America and to attract 38% of foreign direct investment.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during his morning press conference, November 21, 2022. EFE/Isaac Esquivel

The Mexico summit had raised expectations as the first time that the four presidents who make up the bloc have been on the left.

Furthermore, López Obrador took 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.

Ecuadorian and Costa Rican presidents Rodrigo Chaves, who are seeking to enter the trading bloc, are also said to be present.

“For the same reason, President-elect Lula will not be there, nor will President Alberto Fernández of Argentina, but it’s our home for both of us, we are very good friends, and later, surely, they will will visit,” López said. Obrador concluded.