Colombian President Gustavo Petro traveled to Mexico this Thursday to meet tomorrow with his counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador, despite the fact that the Pacific Alliance summit he had planned to attend was suspended due to the refusal of the Peruvian Congress to allow the assistance of the president Pedro Castillo.
Petro, who seeks to strengthen the bilateral relationship with the North American country and discuss migration, arrived at the Felipe Ángeles airport in the Mexican capital at night and the only activity he has on the agenda for this Thursday is a meeting with members of the Colombian community.
On Friday, Petro and López Obrador will have their first meeting at the National Palace during a working breakfast.
Then “the extended meeting of the delegations of Colombia and Mexico will take place”detailed the Presidency in a statement.
In addition to Petro, the foreign minister, Álvaro Leyva Durán; the Chief of Staff of the Presidency, Laura Sarabia, and the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Germán Umaña.
That day, Petro will also meet at the Government Palace in Mexico City with the head of government of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum.
Likewise, he will be declared a distinguished guest of Mexico City and will sign the book of illustrious visitors.
SITUATION OF COLOMBIAN TRAVELERS
Last March, the government of the then Colombian president, Iván Duque, expressed to Mexico its “concern” about the “repeated non-admissions” and the alleged violations of the rights of Colombians by the Mexican immigration authority.
Several Colombians denounced then that they were allegedly mistreated and humiliated in the migration zone in Mexican airports and that many of them ended up being denied admission.
Since last April 1, Colombians traveling to Mexico must fill out a “mandatory pre-registration” on a web page enabled by the authorities of that country.
To travel to Mexico for tourism, business, studies or transit, Colombians do not require a visa as long as the stay is less than 180 days.
In this sense, Petro will talk with the Mexican authorities about the immigration and consular status of Colombians residing in or visiting that country.
He will also have a meeting at the Colombian Consulate in Mexico City for “a personal review of the situation,” the Presidency detailed.