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Mexico Is Not for Sale: AMLO Embarrasses Biden In Energy Dispute

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Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he will send a letter to President Joe Biden this Tuesday as a response to the consultations initiated by the U.S. officials on Mexican energy policy within the CUSMA trade agreement.

López Obrador did not reveal the full content of such letter but stated that “in a simple way: Mexico is not for sale, Mexico belongs to the Mexicans”.

“I do not consider false or discursive what President Biden has told me on several occasions, that our relationship will be given with respect to our sovereignty on an equal footing and that we will always seek good neighborliness,” said the Mexican leader about the content of the letter.

López Obrador insisted that “Mexico is an independent, free and sovereign country”, so it should not be treated as a “colony”, given the economic and commercial potential of the bilateral relationship in North America.

He said that there is now a mutual dependence that has increased since the entry into force of Mexico, United States and Canada Treaty (CUSMA), in July 2020, for which he also asserted: “Blessed Mexico, so close to God and not so far from the United States”.

“It is not only what would they do in the United States without the Mexican labor force? But what would they do with their industry without the auto parts produced in Mexico? A vehicle in the United States would cost $10,000-15,000 dollars more without the auto parts trade produced in Mexico and so on in many activities,” he said.

The U.S. government began consultations within the framework of the T-MEC last July to resolve certain disputes regarding Mexico’s energy policy related to hydrocarbons, the electricity industry and problems related to operating permits.

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