The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commented on Monday that he is considering whether to postpone the meeting of the Pacific Alliance in the Mexican capital, since his Peruvian counterpart, Pedro Castillo, will not be able to attend “because they did not give him permission.”
“It is very likely, I am going to make some inquiries today, 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,” AMLO commented at a press conference.
Along these lines, López Obrador said that “we are going to postpone or we are going to look for another option”, among which he considered an official visit to Peru.
The president said that it does not make sense to organize a meeting without the Peruvian president, since the presidency of the Pacific Alliance, which Mexico currently holds, has to be ceded to Peru. “What I do not consider appropriate is to hold a meeting without the president of Peru, who should receive the post (of the presidency of the Pacific Alliance),” he said.
However, López Obrador confirmed that he will hold the confirmed bilateral meetings with President Gabriel Boric, next Thursday, November 24. Likewise, with the president of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chávez, next Monday, November 28, and with the president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, although he did not give details of their meeting.
“I am going to have bilateral meetings, the President of Chile does come, the President of Costa Rica does come, the President of Honduras comes, but not necessarily to this meeting of the Pacific Alliance,” he announced.
Also invited to this summit between the countries of the Pacific Alliance, which would be held on November 25 in Mexico City, were the presidents of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso; from Argentina, Alberto Fernández, and from Brazil, Lula da Silva; although they are not part of the Alliance.
Regarding his participation in bilateral meetings with the presidents of Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia, López Obrador did not give details.
The Pacific Alliance was born as an economic and development initiative between four Latin American nations: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.