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AMLO justifies absence at the Celac summit due to “commitments” in Mexico

The Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)justified this Tuesday his absence at the Summit of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) in Argentina for his “commitments” in Mexico, and also supported the absence of the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro.

“There is a lot of speculation as to why I didn’t go, I have commitments in the country, I had to be on the Mayan Train, supervising the work, because (if I went to Argentina) it was traveling all day yesterday, being there today, returning tomorrow , get here on Thursday, and I have a lot of work”, he declared in his daily press conference.

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The Mexican president is one of the great absentees of the celacwhich is celebrated this Tuesday in Argentinacurrent president pro tempore, with representatives of the 33 member countries, including about 15 heads of state or government.

Although there has been speculation about a rift between the Mexican government and the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernandezbecause both presented candidates to preside over the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), AMLO does not travel to multilateral forums abroad.

“And I agree with what is going to be proposed, there are many coincidences, there are more coincidences than the differences that we may have”said the Mexican president.

“We are in favor of all the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, of the policies that are being followed, of authentic democracy, against coups d’état, both military and media, or legal, in quotes. All that”, added.

The Mexican ruler also opined that the president of Venezuela “did very well” in canceling his attendance so as not to fall into the “media trap” and “avoid provocations” from the “conservative” media in Argentina.

“President Maduro’s position of not attending was also prudent, because the right, the very belligerent conservatism of Argentina, had prepared a media show, and now, as the late Juan Gabriel would say: but what a need”he expressed.

Lopez Obrador reiterated its support for Alberto Fernandez by accusing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of “giving money to the Government” of former President Mauricio Macri to “guarantee” his continuity in the past elections.

“The conservatives, who caused Argentina’s indebtedness in complicity with the International Monetary Fund and who now, since the conservatives are hypocrites, blame Alberto Fernández for everything, should be ashamed, offering apologies.” commented.

The VII Summit of the celac occurs amid a new wave of left-wing governments in the region and the return of the Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvabut also between political crises such as the one in Peru and after the attempted coup in Brazil.

Source: Elcomercio

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