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Bolivian president to visit Mexico


Bolivian president to visit Mexico

Luis Arce Mexico
Photo: David Mercado/ Reuters

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) will today host his Bolivian counterpart, Luis Arce.

The visit will be Arce’s first official trip abroad since assuming office in November 2020. The leaders will discuss trade, technical and scientific cooperation, as well as aspects related to external debt relief and the participation of both countries in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

The two countries have deep historical ties. In the recent political context, AMLO gave asylum to Evo Morales in 2019 after he resigned from the Bolivian presidency under controversial circumstances. Today’s visit comes after Mexico criticised the Organization of American States (OAS) after it demanded La Paz release the former Bolivian interim president Jeanine Anez, who was recently jailed on charges of fomenting a coup that led to Morales’ exile.

Expect Mexico City and La Paz to strengthen bilateral ties, reactivate raw material trade and strengthen investment in energy projects, as the affinity between the respective leftist leaders grows. Also, with Mexico holding the pro-tempore presidency of the CELAC, expect both countries to focus on ways in which the bloc’s work plan can be promoted. Economic reactivation through ties with extra-regional partners and improvement of the region’s health strategy will be high-priority topics on the agenda.

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