After weeks of public patience regarding the results of the U.S. presidential election, Mexico’s president congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden Tuesday.
On Monday night, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) sent a letter to Biden congratulating and expressing goodwill. AMLO asked for the U.S. to respect Mexico’s rule of law, sovereignty, and a commitment non-intervention.
Les comparto la carta de felicitación enviada por el Presidente de la República, Lic. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, al Presidente Electo de los Estados Unidos de América Joseph Biden. pic.twitter.com/fpzyNh31IW
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) December 15, 2020
The topics of rule of law and sovereignty come weeks after AMLO’s administration executed a diplomatic and media storm to successfully pressure the U.S. to release a former secretary of defense accused of taking bribes and working with cartels. The U.S. Department of Justice dismissed all charges against former Mexican Secretary of Defense General Salvador Cienfuegos and turned him over to Mexican authorities, who immediately released him while they “investigate.”
Also in recent days, Mexico’s Senate voted on a bill to restrict U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agents operating in that nation. As part of the proposed law, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry would control the activities and information obtained by U.S. agents. Mexican authorities would disclose any meetings and intelligence sharing. The bill is seen by some as a bold move to impede further U.S. investigations into Mexican officials.
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