Ahead of Blinken meeting, Mexico president says energy policy is a sovereign matter
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told the United States not to meddle in domestic energy policy on Friday, ahead of a meeting between his government and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The online meetings, dubbed a “virtual visit” by Washington, will touch on Lopez Obrador’s energy strategy in the context of climate change, along with trade and security, as the government of U.S. President Joe Biden broadens its predecessor’s single focus on migration between the neighbors.
Lopez Obrador, an energy nationalist who has sought to renegotiate electricity and pipeline contracts with U.S. and Canadian companies, faced little pressure from former U.S. President Donald Trump over his policies.
Mexico relies heavily on fuel imported from the United States. A new bill in Congress that aims to reshape Mexico’s electricity industry to favor state utility CFE has caused alarm among lobbies for private investment.
In seeking to use more domestic fuel, Lopez Obrador has also limited the growth of foreign renewable energy operators in a move critics say affects Mexico’s climate emission obligations.
“We are independent. … We do not meddle in the affairs of the United States,” Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference, while taking a jab at the northern neighbor over the failures of Texan power generation during the recent freeze.
“They say we should act in a certain way, that’s fine, freedom of expression must be guaranteed,” he added.
In a statement ahead of Blinken’s meetings later on Friday, the U.S. State Department said discussions start with a “visit” to the border crossing at El Paso to Mexico and U.S. efforts to manage migration flows across the shared border.
The day’s agenda with Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier will focus on shared security challenges, regional migration, climate change, “and other issues of mutual interest.”
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Jonathan Oatis for Reuters)
more recommended stories
With these local flowers, you help prevent the loss of bees in Yucatan
Every May 20, World Bee Day.
US government officials talk about UFOs publicly for the first time in 50 years
Two senior U.S. defense intelligence officials.
The US Embassy to invest 30 million USD in the “South of Mexico Generating Employment and Sustainability” program
In alliance with seven governments from.
Face-to-face courses return to La Ibérica de Mérida; they will celebrate a big event on Sunday
On Sunday, May 22, the Centro.
Construction worker arrested for sexual abuse against a maid inside a hotel in Tulum, Quintana Roo
The municipal police of Tulum, in.
Yucatan is about to receive the first cloud of dust from the Sahara desert in 2022
A cloud of dust from the.
Yucatecans seek to sell one ton of Cochinita Pibil and 6 thousand panuchos in Mexico City
With the “Yucatán Expone” program, Yucatecan.
Mérida Municipal Police officer returns wallet to owner with more than 5 thousand pesos
The Mérida Municipal Police agent Roberto.
Man sentenced to 32 years in prison for homicide in Mérida, Yucatán
After being found criminally responsible for.
Yucatan registers over 60 infections by Covid in 24 hours
On May 19th, the administration of.