Before members of Research Centers in the United States, in a forum organized at the Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center, in Washington, Xóchitl Gálvez, presidential candidate of the PAN, PRI and PRD, stated that the federal government of Mexico is not an ally of the United States and defined as offensive and humiliating that the Russian army or the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, have been in celebrations for Independence Day. She also argued that the Mexican government “flirts” with Russia and China.
In a forum within the framework of the activities that she carries out today in the US capital, Gálvez referred to the relationship of the United States with Mexico, in which she regretted that it has been limited to the issue of migration and fentanyl trafficking and reproached that despite being “such a limited agenda with a huge deficit of imagination and ambition”, she claimed that “the continuity of Morena in Power is a guarantee that neither migration nor fentanyl, nor any other bilateral problem, will find a long-term solution”, since she considered that in the brown party there is no vision of State.
On the part of the federal Executive, “there is no willingness to collaborate in the United States. The populist-nationalist vision of López Obrador, has a single priority: to keep the United States away to continue concentrating his power. For that, he will pretend cooperation, but he will not cooperate”, continued the Hidalgo native.
After stressing that “today we are partners but we are not allies”, she added that “in an offensive and humiliating act for millions of Mexicans, in September 2023, in the midst of the invasion of Ukraine, soldiers of the Russian army marched in the parade of the day of independence in the main square of Mexico City. In a humiliating deference for those who love freedom, in 2021, President López Obrador invited the Cuban dictator, José (Miguel) Díaz-Canel, as the main speaker on our Independence Day”.
“It is in the interest of millions of Mexicans that the United States be a partner and geopolitical ally of Mexico”. And although she acknowledged that for decades, the majority of the population perceived the neighboring country as the greatest risk to sovereignty, she accused that “today, the greatest threat to sovereignty and governability is the power and influence of organized crime”, she added.
She insisted that Mexico remains a partner, but not a geopolitical ally of the United States because “the populist government of Mexico flirts with Russia and China, threatening to build new alliances”.
Then, she posed two scenarios for the future. In one, she said, Mexico recovers the “democratic course and consolidates the rule of law, faces organized crime and regains control of its territory”. While, “in the other, Mexico’s democratic erosion advances, organized crime grows and the military become a factor of political power, but are unable to provide security”.
After indicating that in the next elections “the constitutional order and two completely different visions of the future” are at stake, and although she pointed out that the elections only concern the Mexican people, she stressed that in “the current circumstances, it is essential that the democratic forces of the whole world observe our electoral process”. She asked them to closely follow the electoral process, support civil society organizations and urged them not to “leave Mexican democracy out of the bilateral agenda”.
In her message, she stated that North America faces opportunities and challenges that will mark the direction of the region and the world by nearshoring, which outlines to turn the region into a powerful industrial engine, and although “Mexico has the opportunity to consolidate its development, I share with sadness that we are not ready to take advantage of this historical opportunity”.
For development, she stressed that sufficient, clean and cheap energy; human capital in health and education; infrastructure and security are required, but she asserted that in these areas there was a setback due to the weakening of counterweights, for which, she reiterated that “Mexico is not ready because far from moving towards the future, my country is going back to the past”.
“The rule of law and democracy in Mexico face a serious danger; the lack of legal certainty undermines confidence and progress. In these years, we Mexicans have lived a process of democratic erosion. Organized crime and the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, threaten democracy”.
By ensuring that there is an unprecedented penetration and influence of organized crime in sectors of the economy, she pointed out that organized crime has become a factor of power that affects the lives of Mexicans. “De facto the Mexican government stopped fighting for the security of the people. At best, López Obrador is weak and incompetent in the face of crime; at worst, he takes advantage of it to consolidate his power”.
She also accused that there is a “crony capitalism” with a “scandalous corruption even for Mexican standards”.
Although she explained that she cannot make proposals as the inter-campaign period is in force, she said that “experts have raised the need to create a North American customs agency with binational staff, highly trained, certified by both countries, that have the double mandate of stopping the import of fentanyl precursors” she reported that young environmentalists proposed to create a North American agency against climate emergencies.
Source: La Jornada