June 4, 2019 / 1:46 PM / 3 months ago

Mexico president will not attend G20 to avoid trade war friction

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he will not attend the G20 meeting of major global economies later this month, saying he did not want be drawn into confrontation over a growing trade war.

Lopez Obrador said he will instead send Finance Minister Carlos Urzua and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to the summit being held on June 28 and June 29 in Osaka, Japan.

Reporting by Dave Graham and Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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