Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he has sent a letter of congratulations to US president-elect Jose Biden, becoming one of the last world leaders to do so.
The tardy and somewhat chilly letter Lopez Obrador – Mexico’s first progressive president in decades – sent late on Monday contrasted with the cordial and friendly relationship he had with President Donald Trump.
Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he intentionally waited until the Electoral College vote before writing Biden.
The one-page letter contained an implicit warning against getting involved in Mexico’s internal affairs.
But the letter also held out a seeming offer that Mexico might continue to act as a buffer against waves of migrants seeking to reach the US, a role Mexico took on partly at the urging of Trump.
“I also want to express my recognition of your stance in favour of migrants from Mexico and the rest of the world, which will allow us to continue with plans to promote development and welfare in southeastern Mexico and the countries of Central America,” Lopez Obrador wrote.
“I believe that this way, nobody will be forced to leave the land of their birth, and they will be able to live, work and be happy with their family and among their people and their culture,” the letter continued.
“In this way, we can create a definitive solution to migratory flows from and through Mexico toward the United States.”
While Lopez Obrador made his only trip abroad to Washington DC earlier this year to celebrate with Trump the enactment of the Mexico-US-Canada free trade pact, he has yet to speak personally with Biden to congratulate him.
He noted the two met about nine years ago, when Biden was vice president, and expressed hope the two would be able to speak in the future.