24 Nov 2022 06:50 GMT
The president spoke with his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on the environmental issue, trade and investment.
After being received by his Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the National Palace, the President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, urged this Wednesday to the countries of Latin America to “speak to the world” with a united voice.
“I feel that this short but intense visit is a step forward in fulfilling the mandate that we have as rulers. To do everything possible to strengthen Latin American integrationto speak to the world from Latin America about the challenges we have as a planet and build societies that are more just […] where we take responsibility for the challenges of the present without ever letting go those who matter most, who are the poorest and most vulnerable,” he remarked at a press conference.
At the same time, the Chilean president stressed the ties of friendship and cooperation that unite both nations, although he advocated a “further depth” of bilateral relations. “For us, as Chileans, Mexico is a very significant country with which, on different occasions in our history, we have experienced the value of solidarity and reciprocal learning,” he said.
From the Mexican Presidency they specified that the leaders discussed caring for the environment, climate change, the trade and the investmentsalthough neither offered details about the agreements they reached during their meeting.
Before meeting with López Obrador, the Chilean president kept up a meeting with Mexican businessmen whom he urged to invest more in Chile, which, he said, will allow Mexico diversify their imports and exports “towards the global south”, while reporting on the renewal of the understanding agreement. As he recalled, the agreement had not been updated since 2015.
For his part, López Obrador applauded the Chilean people “for having democratically elected” Boric, whom he described as “young, intelligent, sensitive and humane.” “As the people of Salvador Allende deserve it“he added. In turn, Boric returned the praise to his peer, inviting him to visit Chile on the occasion of the events for the 50th anniversary of the 1973 military coup.
The dispute over the presidency of the IDB
One of the issues addressed by the presidents was the contest for the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which ended on Sunday with the appointment of the Brazilian Ilan Goldfajn. Mexico, Chile and Argentina presented their candidates to lead the institution based in Washington (USA).
When commenting on the results, Boric lamented the lack of “a deeper dialogue” on the issue. López Obrador was also not happy with the election at the IDB, whose policy, according to what he denounced, remains unchanged. “I say that It is unfortunatebecause these international organizations they really don’t help to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean”, he emphasized, citing the example of the loan granted by the International Monetary Fund to Argentina during the mandate of Mauricio Macri.
The Summit of the Pacific Alliance
At first, Boric’s visit was scheduled for November 25 in Mexico City, coinciding with the Pacific Alliance summit, which was suspended this week after López Obrador’s announcement due to the absence of the Peruvian president, Pedro Castillowho was not authorized by the Congress of his country to travel to attend this meeting.
“Is a arrogance not giving permission the constitutionally elected president to attend the summit. […] It is an institutional agreement of the State, of nations, and that it was not taken into account that the agreements, the international conventions must be respected. In addition, with all due respect, I consider that it is not the way, This is not the way a government should behave.“, the Mexican leader asserted about an event that —he recalled— the member countries will try to celebrate in Peru.
For his part, Boric confirmed that will receive Castillo next week in Chile, where, among other topics, they will address how to carry out the summit. Previously, the Peruvian head of state already gave his approval to hold the summit in December.