Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday blasted the United States for providing so much aid to Ukraine, instead of sending more money to Latin American countries to help spur economic development.
“(The United States) is not doing anything,” Obrador said during a high-level U.S.-Mexico meeting in Washington.
“It is more, much more, what they allow for the war in Ukraine than what they give to fight poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
The Mexican leader, 69, calls for some of the money allocated to Ukraine to be used to help Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as a US program to “lift blockades and stop harassing independent and free countries.”
He said the sanctions are forcing Venezuelans, Cubans, Nicaraguans, Ecuadorians, Guatemalans and Hondurans to “emigrate.”
There has been an increase in the number of Venezuelan migrants crossing Mexico in recent weeks in an attempt to reach the U.S. border. Many migrants say deteriorating economic and political conditions in their home countries pushed them to undertake the journey.
Experts say economic mismanagement and political recession are behind the influx of migrants leaving Venezuela and Cuba.
The harsh comments come after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Trade Representative Katherine Tai met with their Mexican counterparts at the State Department.
At the meeting, they focused on trade and economic ties, as well as the fentanyl crisis hitting the United States and Mexico, rather than the issue of poverty.
“By creating the right incentives and business environments and leveraging the respective strengths of our two countries, we have a tremendous opportunity to make North America the most competitive, productive and dynamic region of the world,” Blinken said.
“We continue to strengthen, expand and diversify supply chains in emerging sectors like electric vehicles and semiconductors,” he said, noting that the United States and Mexico are launching a new initiative to produce semiconductors.
Blinken will also lead a U.S. delegation to Mexico next week with Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Blinken is expected to meet with the Mexican president and the trip will focus on border security and migration.
With post wires
New York Post