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Mexican Government Keeps Distance With President-Elect Biden

Joe Biden
Joe Biden in 2019.

MEXICO CITY — According to several reports, President-elect Joe Biden and his staff are contacting strategic U.S. allies overseas after receiving the required 270 electoral votes. But the Mexican government wants to keep its distance.  

According to Mexican newspaper El Universal, Biden’s team asked the Mexican embassy to arrange a phone call with the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Martha Bárcena, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., tweeted that she held a meeting with American middlemen to explain her country decided to wait to congratulate the winner. 

Bárcena says the decision is based on Mexico’s principle of-non intervention and under the instructions of the president.

The tweet reads that the decision underlines respect for the U.S. political system, as well as to President Trump and “prospective” President-elect Biden.

The Mexican embassy says it will wait for the official results before establishing communication.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct Joe Biden's title.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.