AMLO and German President seek to expand economic relationship

CDMX.- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador meets this afternoon at the National Palace with the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, after a welcoming ceremony.

López Obrador received his counterpart at the main gate of the presidential compound, where he waited for several minutes accompanied by his wife Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller.

The historian translated Steinmeier’s first words into Mexican, pronounced in English, for López Obrador.

“He says welcome, thank you for receiving him,” he told López Obrador on the street, while the presidents shook hands.

The head of the Executive branch then led a ceremonial act in which the national anthems of both countries were sung and the official photograph was taken.

From minutes after noon they hold a work meeting that, according to López Obrador, will focus on strengthening economic relations and expanding investments in Mexico.

“We are going with great pleasure to receive the President of Germany today, and we are going to have an interview, a conversation,” he said in his morning conference.

“It’s not just about the war and its effects, but about the economic and commercial relations that exist between Mexico and Germany, and how to consolidate them, how to strengthen our relations.”

At the end of the meeting between the two leaders, López Obrador will hold a “coexistence” in the National Palace with Mexican businessmen who accompany the German President.

“We are going to have a coexistence, there is going to be a meal with German businessmen who are accompanying him and are interested in talking with us,” he mentioned.

“What leads to the meeting is the strengthening of our economic and commercial relations, and that is why German businessmen come.”

Before the ceremony, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard explained that the meeting between the Presidents will also serve to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

“It is a state visit, it is not necessarily the same as when the head of a government comes, they have a separation, we are going to talk in general terms about the relationship between the two countries. It is not like the bilateral ones we have with other countries “, commented the Secretary.

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