MEXICO CITY – Mexico needs to get along with its neighbor United States due to geopolitical reasons, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said.
The comment by Lopez Obrador came four days after he visited the US to meet his American counterpart, Donald Trump, on a trade-related trip that drew domestic criticism back home.
“We, due to geopolitics and neighborhood, have to seek an understanding with the United States, not fight,” Lopez Obrador said in a video message on social media.
“We need to complement each other and have cooperation for development,” he added, while also underlining that “Mexico is a free, independent and sovereign country. It’s not a colony, it’s not a protectorate.”
The president stressed that the visit “was good, was successful” and thanked Trump for “respectful treatment” to the Mexican delegation, and confirmed that there was a good relationship between the two governments.
“The meeting served to show that even if we have different ideological positions, if the general interest of nations is put ahead, agreements can be reached, without arrogance,” he said.
In his message, Lopez Obrador noted that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for free trade will help the North American region continue to develop and improve, for example, help improve the income of the people.
On Friday, in his first public appearance after returning from his visit to the US capital, Lopez Obrador said that his visit marked a “new stage” in the bilateral relationship with the US, based on mutual respect.
Moreover, the Mexican president termed his visit to the White House as “very favorable.”
“We consider it a tour, a visit, that has been very favorable for the benefit for our people and our nation,” Lopez Obrador said addressing his countrymen, a day after his return on Thursday.
The Mexican president visited the US earlier this week and met Donald Trump on Wednesday, and commemorate the coming into effect of the USMCA from July.
The celebration was marked by the notable absence of representatives from Canada, whose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided not to travel to Washington, apparently due to the US plans to impose new tariffs on Canadian aluminum imports.