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Mexican president says to urge US to end interventionist policy

In this file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador presents his fourth year government report at the National Palace in Mexico City, Sept 1, 2022. (MARCO UGARTE / AP)

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday said he will at a summit urge the US government to end the interventionist Monroe Doctrine it has followed for the past 200 years.

As the host of the North American Leaders' Summit next week, Lopez Obrador is set to meet with US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau here in the Mexican capital.

The principle deems any intervention by external powers in the politics of the Americas as a potentially hostile act against the United States, and has been giving Washington reasons to exercise control over Latin America

Lopez Obrador plans to call on Biden to change the US policy of "intervening in" countries throughout the Americas in a bid to dominate the Western Hemisphere.

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The Monroe Doctrine, formulated in the early 1800s by then US president James Monroe, "has been in place for 200 years," he told reporters during his daily press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City.

The principle deems any intervention by external powers in the politics of the Americas as a potentially hostile act against the United States, and has been giving Washington reasons to exercise control over Latin America.

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"Respect the autonomy and self-determination of the peoples. It is a very important change," said Lopez Obrador.

He also aims to propose integrating North America with the rest of the Western Hemisphere economically to promote development and tackle immigration.