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AMLO and John Kerry meet to discuss electricity reform

Mexico City, Mexico — On Thursday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with John Kerry, the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Kerry and other businessmen arrived at the National Palace just before 2:00 p.m. where the group participated in a five hour meeting.

After the group broke, Kerry reported that a task force to follow up on the electricity reform will be created, adding that the working table will be headed by Ambassador Ken Salazar.

“We will work on developing ideas with the ambassador to see how that reform can best reflect the possibilities of working effectively. We have a team headed by Salazar with whom we work in conjunction with the White House and our office to try to ensure that any decision that is made on the reform reflects the best skills that we try to achieve,” he said during a meeting with the media.

Kerry said that López Obrador agreed with President Joe Biden that both countries will work together on the electricity reform initiative, clean energy generation and climate change.

Other topics on the strengthening of the public companies Petróleos Mexicanos and the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and the definition of strategic minerals such as lithium, to be managed by Mexican companies, were also part of the five hour talk.

“We want to seek economic integration with respect to our sovereignties (…) We are going to seek agreements, we are not in an intransigent position, we want to have good relations with the US government and with US businessmen, with all businessmen, national and foreigner,” AMLO said.

This is the third meeting between President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and John Kerry.