Biden, López Obrador Phone Call, Promise to “Work Together”

  • Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard tweeted: “There will be extensive bilateral cooperation and a very good relationship between the presidents of Mexico and the United States.”
  • The Mexican president stressed the need to strive to maintain good bilateral relations between the two neighboring nations.
  • Among the issues addressed according to Biden’s Transition team are the need to contain the pandemic, revitalize North American economies, and secure borders.
The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, spoke for the first time this Saturday with Joe Biden through a phone call in which the two promised to “work together.” “We reaffirmed our commitment to working together for the well-being of our peoples and nations,” Lopez Obrador said on Twitter.

Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (R), during a meeting on March 5, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in a quick rejoinder too tweeted: “There will be extensive bilateral cooperation and a very good relationship between the presidents of Mexico and the United States.”

 This is the first conversation that the president of Mexico has had with Biden after acknowledging his victory last Monday, when electors met to cast their ballots for the US Presidential President.

According to news reports the total for the December 14th electoral college casting of ballots, Biden’s 306 state votes compared to 232 garnered by the US President Donald Trump.

Those Electoral College ballots will be opened and counted on January 6th in a Congressional meeting which will be conducted by Vice President Pence according to the provisions of the US Constitution.

In US history the states legislators have sent dueling slates of electors to the January meeting where the electoral ballots are counted. These legislatures have sent letters to congress asking that certain electors not be recognized and others to be recognized. Congressional representatives have the right to object to a state’s electors, and a 2 hour window to debate the issue before the votes are counted.

Obrador Recognized Contested Elections

López Obrador, who has previously boasted of his “very good relationship with Donald Trump,“ refused for more than 40 days to acknowledge the victory of the Democrat, Joe Biden, citing the alleged fraud that he suffered in the 2006 presidential elections when international leaders were quick to congratulate his rival, Felipe Calderón.

At the time, Lopez Obrador emphasized that it would be wrong to offer congratulations until the electoral process has been formally concluded.

“We do not agree with offering congratulations in advance,” Lopez Obrador reportedly told news reporters during a regular government news conference. “What’s the best thing? For us to wait.”

The leftist leader on Monday however reported that he sent a letter last Monday to Biden, whom he met when he was vice president of the United States in 2012, while the Mexican was a candidate for the presidency of Mexico for the second time.

In his congratulatory letter to Joe Biden, the Mexican president stressed the need to strive to maintain good bilateral relations between the two neighboring nations based on collaboration, friendship and respect for their respective sovereignties.

López Obrador’s stance drew criticism from opposition politicians, who accused him of supporting Trump’s re-election campaign with his visit to Washington in July, the only trip abroad he has ever made as president.

Revitalize Cooperation to Ensure Safe and Orderly Migration

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes part in the virtual meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) summit, November 22, 2020.

Shortly after the news broke, Biden’s Transition team published a statement about the telephone conversation between the United States president-elect and the Mexican president which details that they spoke of the need to revitalize cooperation between the United States and Mexico to guarantee safe and orderly migration.

Among the issues addressed according to Biden’s Transition team are the need to contain the pandemic, revitalize North American economies, and secure borders.

The statement further elaborated that the two leaders reached an agreement to deal with the causes of migration in Central America and southern Mexico as a crucial measure to build a future of greater opportunity and security in the region.

For that reason, the leaders spoke of a new ”regional approach” that offers an alternative so that migrants do not undertake the dangerous journey to the United States.  

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Vincent othieno

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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