Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, at the National Palace.
During the private meeting with López Obrador, they agreed to create a working group to promote the generation of clean energy.
The Mexican president wrote on his Twitter account that the meeting took place “with frankness and respect” and published a photograph with Kerry as they walked through one of the rooms accompanied by officials from both countries.
They reportedly toured the National Palace, where the president spoke to Kerry about Mexico’s history.
“As always, we speak frankly and respectfully,” the president said in a message on his social networks.
The Chief Executive was accompanied by the Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources, María Luisa Albores González, and the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard.
Ebrard ruled out that there was any claim from the US official for the electrical reform initiative that seeks to strengthen the Electricity Commission above private companies.
The chancellor explained that one of Kerry’s great concerns is to speed up the move toward clean energies, electromobility and increase the production of all kinds of energies that do not consume fossil fuels.
“What can we do between Mexico and the United States these three years to enormously increase the potential for clean energy production” between the two countries? Ebrard questioned.
He explained that “it was agreed to form a working group between Mexico and the United States to have an understanding” like the one there was “in matters of security”, about what would be the actions that could be taken together.
Kerry said that both countries have the opportunity to work together to lead the transformation towards clean energy, which will mean less pollution, cleaner air, fewer diseases, healthier lives and also electricity at lower prices.
However, he did mention the electrical reform.
“We fully respect the sovereignty of Mexico. I know that the president has begun to make some reforms that are important for him and for his country. What we want to do is work with Mexico to reinforce, as Secretary Granholm said, to strengthen the possibility that the market is open, competitive,” said Kerry.