Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the president of Mexico, says it is too early to congratulate Joe Biden, the president-elect of the United States.
Leading American media organizations projected Biden as the next US president after securing more than the 270 required votes to win the presidency.
But President Donald Trump, who refused to accept the election, has filed a number of lawsuits to challenge the victory of Biden.
Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Obrador said he would wait for
“all legal issues” in the US presidential election to be resolved before congratulating the winner.
“We don’t want to be imprudent. We don’t want to act lightly and we want to respect people’s self-determination and rights,” Obrador said.
“We have a very good relationship with the two candidates. President Trump has been very respectful with us and we have reached very good agreements, and we thank him because he has not interfered and has respected us. And the same goes for Biden.”
Among the world leaders who congratulated Biden were Canadian leader Justin Trudeau; Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin; Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison; and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.