Petro proposes to López Obrador to hold a summit on migration in Mexico

Archive – The President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro – PRESIDENCIA DE COLOMBIA

The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, has proposed to his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the holding of a summit on migration within the framework of the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) taking place this Tuesday in Buenos Aires.

«I have proposed to Mexican President López Obrador that in Mexico we hold a Latin American and Caribbean conference on migration (…) If people run out of water and food, they go north, they go to where the water is,» he said.

In this sense, he stated that «the answer» to the migratory crisis «is not machine guns and walls». «We have to create an orderly migration treaty and Latin Americans have to unify around this issue,» he added.

Petro, who focused his speech of more than 20 minutes on the energy transition and other surrounding issues, affirmed that the European Union is a «successful case» of integration with respect to «European energy in times of fossil capitalism».

«South America is the region with the greatest clean energy potential in the world. Second geopolitical power card if we unite,» he said, adding that this would be «a driving force for progressive forces», since if «the United States does not become a decarbonized economy, humanity dies».

Petro also pointed out that this means that countries such as Mexico should hold talks with the United States and Canada, while Brazil should establish ties with India, South Africa or China so that «the world does not become unipolar and other voices are heard», as reported by the newspaper ‘El Colombiano’.

Petro has thus proposed that the Amazon rainforest be protected, that fossil capital be devalued or that Latin America be integrated into an energy network that would connect the continent with North America, for example.

The Colombian president plans to meet, within the framework of the CELAC summit, with the president of the Council of Europe, Charles Michel, and with former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, special presidential advisor for the Americas.

He will also hold meetings with the Bolivian president, Luis Arce, and with the director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), QU Dongyu, according to a press release from the Presidency.