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By Mario Melgar-Adalid

Outlook on Mexico’s New Administration

Following the tradition started by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to pause and assess the first 100 days of an administration, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported on his work after 100 days in office.  His report highlights achievements as to some of the 100 commitments made during his inauguration, as well as the fact that Mexico is currently in a transitional stage. Changes in Mexico include political, economic and social aspects, of which two strategies are noticeably present: fighting corruption and making progress to achieve an egalitarian society.  Naturally, these proposed changes have generated discussion and debate regarding strategies to accomplish the administration’s outlined goals.

In the arena of foreign affairs, the new administration has decided to strictly abide by constitutional principles of respect for self-determination and no interference in internal matters of other countries.  Such principles have a long-standing tradition in foreign affairs policy in Mexico.

As to the very important bilateral relationship with the United States, the Mexican president has reiterated his respect for decisions made by the U.S. government, and he recently held a meeting that generated expectations and comments in the press, media and social media: a visit from Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump.  Such meeting was organized to address issues relating to immigrants from Central America who intend to seek asylum in the United States. Mexico has the difficult task of containing the transit of thousands of people, in many cases entire families, and avoid, to the extent possible, security and immigration impacts on its neighbor.