López Obrador explained why he missed the Celac Summit.  (Presidency)
López Obrador explained why he missed the Celac Summit. (Presidency)

This January 24 Argentina was the host of the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), headed by the president of the silver nation, Alberto Fernandezand with the presence of 32 representations between foreign ministers and Heads of State.

However, the presence of Mexico highlighted by the absence of the president, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who was represented by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon. Due to his position, his absence also generated uncertainty at the national level, especially when considering the fraternity that the Tabasco native has boasted of supporting with “the brother towns” from Argentina and recently from Brazilwhose president Lula Da Silva He did go after the coup attempt.

After acknowledging the speculation, the Mexican Chief Executive clarified that his in-person absence it was due to “the commitments” that it had to fulfill in the Republic, although it only limited itself to mentioning the supervision of the works of the Mayan Train.

“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 works (…) And I have a lot of work”.

The president affirmed that he could not attend the regional summit due to “a lot of work”

In addition to this, López Obrador argued that coincidences with member nations are greater than the differences.

“We are in favor of all governments; of the policies they are following; of authentic democracy; against coups d’état, both military and media or ‘legal’”, he asserted from the morning as a “prior” to video-message which he recorded to be played at the Summit.

In this sense, Andrés Manuel, in the clip that he shared hours later in his Twitter, affirmed with special dedication to Alberto Fernández that “whatever you agree, we will second it.” This, after reiterating the compliments with which he pointed out to the Argentine as “an exceptional being, gentle, with ‘people skills’, kind” and “soul brother”.

“There is much more that unites us in everything (…) What can separate us? Let’s go forward, united (…) We support the Celac resolution in advance”.

AMLO has pointed out how "sister nations" to the countries governed by Lula Da Silva and Alberto Fernández.  (REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian)
AMLO has designated as “sister nations” the countries governed by Lula Da Silva and Alberto Fernández. (REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian)

In addition to Fernández, the president of Mexico dedicated a few minutes to Xiomara Castropresident of Honduras, and Lula Da Silva, to whom he endorsed his solidarity for the coup attempt: “We cannot accept attempts, much less military or technical coups,” he asserted.

And along the same lines, López Obrador called “not to leave the brotherly people of Peru alone” and issued a call regarding the imprisonment of the former president of Peru, Pedro Castillo – which he pointed out as “infamous”.

The president called for solidarity with the people of Peru.

“You have to jointly sign a statement to demand that the repression cease; open the dialogue; that it be the people who decide in a clean and free democracy on the destiny of Peru. No to authoritarianism and freedom to Peter Castillo, because he is unjustly imprisoned”.

“We must not leave the brother people of Peru alone. It was an infamy what they did with Pedro Castillo and the way in which they are repressing the people”.

As on other occasions, López Obrador once again advocated for the integration of the American continent and not only in Latin America and the Caribbean; this, in reference to the so-called thought of Simón Bolívar.

The president urged the neighborliness and brotherhood between nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We are preparing the conditions for the unity of all America. (…) We have to seek the unity of all peoples and governments”, he pronounced in the audiovisual, acknowledging that said objective would demand “a lot of effort” for economic and commercial integration.

“It demands, above all, that we help each other and that we respect each other. That the anachronistic and outdated policy of ‘America for the Americans’ be put aside, that there be no hegemonies and that the independence of all countries be respected”.


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