On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump will receive his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in Washington at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, four months before the US elections.

The goal of the Mexican president's first visit abroad since he took power 18 months ago raises questions and criticism on both sides of the border.

Officially, the first bilateral meeting between the two presidents aims to celebrate the entry into force of the new free trade agreement in North America.

For his part, the Mexican President stressed that the meeting "will be a working meeting" and that he will not "go into party politics."

And about ten Latin American deputies called in Congress to cancel the meeting because they consider that the entry into force of the new agreement is only a pretext.

They argue that President Trump's actual goal is "to divert attention from the emerging Corona virus crisis" and conceal "his failure to properly address the epidemic."

For their part, a number of Mexican opposition figures condemned the visit and saw it as a form of acquiescence.

"It is a futile and risky visit, without any benefit for Mexico," former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda told AFP.

Source: AFP

By:Nadeemy Haded

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