The Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)ruled out this Tuesday that the country joins the regional currency proposed by Brazil and Argentina to stop depending on the dollar, despite its past insistence on the economic integration of America.
“We would not agree on that, for many reasons we have to continue maintaining the dollar as a reference,” expressed the Mexican president in his daily press conference.
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His statements come after the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, defended on Monday that progress be made in a common currency project in South America for commercial transactions.
The proposal, which arose on the eve of the VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) that is being held this Tuesday in Argentina, received the support of the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.
But, questioned about the subject, AMLO doubted the veracity of the initiative.
“About the currency, I want to clarify something, I am not sure that it is a proposal from Argentina and Brazil, I think that information may be missing. I have not seen anything on this subject, the fact that there is a currency between Brazil and Argentina, no. There is nothing”he asserted.
The president indicated that he is concerned “That it be something invented to harm the image of Brazil and Argentina, or to seek confrontation with the United States over the dollar. In other words, there is talk (also) for example of a currency from China, Russia, and Arab countries”he mentioned.
The rejection of Lopez Obrador to a common currency occurs despite the fact that he insisted at the North American Leaders Summit, on January 10, on the need to integrate all of America into a single economic bloc.
The Mexican president even proposed at the 2021 Celac Summit in Mexico that the region must be integrated as the European Union did at the time.
Even so, AMLO He was skeptical of the press questions about the South American currency.
“Now that I hear what you are saying, which may be true, I think that more information needs to be gathered, maybe it was a project, an approach for the medium, for the long term”, He suggested.
AMLO is one of the great absentees of the Celac, which is held this Tuesday in Argentinacurrent president pro tempore, with representatives of the 33 member countries, including about 15 heads of state or government.
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