Mexican president condemns US during visit to Central America

Guatemala City (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador kicked off a five-day tour of four Central American countries and Cuba on Thursday, denouncing the US government.

López Obrador sharply criticized US officials who expeditiously sent billions of dollars to Ukraine.To Central America while dragging its feet on development aid.

López Obrador, who made her first stop in neighboring Guatemala, asked for US aid to eradicate poverty and unemployment, sending tens of thousands of Guatemalans north to the US border. The Mexican leader was outraged by the US’ refusal to ask for help to expand its tree-planting program. to Central America.

“They are different and shouldn’t be compared categorically. But they have already approved $30 billion for the Ukraine war. We’ve been waiting for and asking them to donate $4 billion since President Donald Trump, and as of today. Until, not at all,” said López Obrador.

“I honestly can’t seem to explain it,” he added. “We will continue to respectfully argue that the United States needs to cooperate.”

Known as “Planting Life,” López Obrador’s pet program pays farmers a monthly stipend to plant and care for fruit and timber on their farms.

Mexico has asked the US government to fund the program, something that has never happened before. Mexico is also touting another program to apprentice young people to companies. Critics say neither program is to blame.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrad wrote on his social media account that meetings with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatei and other officials focused on development, migration and strengthening relations between the two countries.

Ebrd said Mexico is starting a tree program in the Guatemala province of Chimaltenango.

For López Obrador, who likes to say that the best foreign policy is a good domestic policy, this is the third overseas trip in three years. This trip is an opportunity for Mexico to become a leader in Latin America, which will be welcomed by some leaders under pressure from the US government and those known for their anti-democratic tendencies.

Geographically and metaphorically, Mexico is sandwiched between the United States and the rest of Latin America. Lopez Obrador deflected criticism of the Trump administration for saying his government was doing the dirty work of Washington to stop immigrants. before they reach the US border.

López Obrador will be accepted as US Special Envoy in Central America in part on immigration policy.

The US government has been trying to build consensus ahead of June. Americas Summit in Los Angeles Strengthen regional approaches to migration flow management. In recent years, large numbers of Central Americans, as well as Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, Colombians and immigrants from other continents have passed through the Americas.

This visit is an opportunity for López Obrador to demonstrate his independence from the United States. López Obrador criticized the US economic blockade on Cuba and told US officials that no country should be excluded from the summit. The Biden administration has signaled that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua will not be invited.

Meanwhile, Giammattei is under pressure from the US government, which has regressed in the country’s fight against corruption. — López Obrador’s image-centric campaign in Mexico.

López Obrador will continue to travel to El Salvador, and President Nayib Bukele has faced international condemnation after declaring a state of emergency after a surge in gang killings. end of March.

López Obrador’s visit, who prefers a “hug not bullet” approach to security, is an opportunity to show that he’s not isolated. El Salvador’s security forces have arrested more than 24,000 suspected gang members in less than a month, and human rights groups say there have been many arbitrary arrests.

Siomara Castro, new president of Honduras We have built close relationships with the Biden administration. Last month, Honduras extradited former President Juan Orlando Hernandez to face drug and weapons charges in the United States.

The president’s agenda in Belize is less clear, but his last visit to Cuba is perhaps the most iconic. Cuban President Miguel Dias-Canel visited Mexico last year to celebrate Independence Day.

Although López Obrador ruled largely as a nationalist and populist, he established himself as a politically devoted leftist.


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