Mexico rules out joining the BRICS to focus on North America 

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AMLO statements come after international media reported that Mexico was one of the 19 countries that had applied to join the BRICS, which will hold its fifteenth annual summit at the end of August in Cape Town, South Africa. 

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, ruled out this Tuesday that the country join the economic block made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) to focus on its commercial relationship with North America. 

“We are not going to participate in this block, in this association. Of course, we welcome other countries to do so. However, for economic, neighborly, and geopolitical reasons, we are going to continue strengthening the alliance of North America and all of America,” he said in his daily press conference. 

His statements come after international media reported that Mexico was one of the 19 countries that had applied to join the BRICS, which will hold its fifteenth annual summit at the end of August in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Questioned about the issue, López Obrador pointed out that his government’s priority is to strengthen the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (TMEC), in force since July 2020 and which represents the destination of almost 85% of Mexican exports. 

“Our proposal is to strengthen the treaty with the United States and Canada, consolidate ourselves as a region, strengthen ourselves, help each other, complement each other, share investment, share technology, something that is fundamental, the workforce,” he remarked. 

The president highlighted that Mexico became the first commercial partner of the United States in May. 

He also pointed out that Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena will visit Washington this week in which economic integration will be a priority issue, in addition to migration and drug trafficking. 

Even so, she reiterated that she would insist in the year that she remains in office on the integration of all of America in a commercial and economic block that would be “the most important region in the world.” 

“We are going to consolidate our relations with North America, and we are going to seek the integration of all America in the medium and long term, but we are going to change old policies that have not worked and also that the political class is convinced, especially the United States, of the importance of Latin America”, he concluded. EFE 

Source: Forbes