Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, announced on Friday, February 17th, that he plans to make a trip to South America next September, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Chilean President Salvador Allende (1970-1973).
“I am thinking of making a trip to South America, to visit some countries, but I think it will be very close to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Allende in Chile,” the president said during his morning press conference, now in Sonora.
The president of Mexico called Allende’s death a “murder”, a version that some sectors of the Latin American left have held before, although the official version is that the Chilean committed suicide on September 11, 1973, during the coup d’état of Augusto Pinochet.
Without further details, López Obrador announced that this tour could take place next September and explained that he will take the opportunity to go to other countries such as Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
This would be the first time that López Obrador has visited South America as president since he came to power he has only gone to Washington four times, while in 2022 he made a brief tour to officially visit Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize and Cuba.
The president said that he currently has communication with the presidents Gustavo Petro, of Colombia; Alberto Fernández from Argentina, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, from Brazil.
With the latter, he said, he will probably have a conversation this Friday.
“It is probable that I will speak today with President Lula about some issues that we are dealing with, about exports and imports of food, which has to do with jointly facing the inflationary problem,” revealed the president.