The leader of the Labour Party has received the wholeheartedly support of the new leader of Mexico. Mr López Obrador, commonly known as Amlo, was asked why he has never expressed his views about Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro but has often spoken in favour of Mr Corbyn becoming Britain’s Prime Minister. Mr López Obrador said: “I said that about Corbyn because he is my friend.
“That’s different, it has nothing to do with external politics.
“Citizens of the UK will decide who must rule their country, but to me, Corbyn is one of the most important leaders in the world.”
This is not the first time Amlo, who won the presidency at his third attempt on July 1, backs Mr Corbyn as Prime Minister.
The Labour leader was one of the politicians invited to Amlo’s swearing-in ceremony on December 1.
In the run up to it, Mr López Obrador said he identifies with the British Labour movement because it’s a progressive and democratic party and “respects migrants and the rights that we all have to look for a better future”.
And, accompanied by other left-wing leaders including the president of the Spanish community of Cantabria, Miguel Angel Revilla, Mr López Obrador added that “the English people will have the opportunity, I hope, I wish with all my heart, with all my soul, to have a Prime Minister like Corbyn.”
The special relationship between Mr López Obrador and Mr Corbyn was celebrated also on Twitter, where the Mexican President wrote upon the arrival to his country of Mr Corbyn: “Jeremy Corbyn is now with us.”
The message came with a five-minute video where he praised the relations between Great Britain and Mexico.
He added the people he invited to his presidential ceremony constituted a select group of people actively defending migrants’ rights.
He said: “We’re Hispanics, but we’ve got good relationships with all people, and all nations.
“In particular we have excellent relationships with progressive movements around the world, especially in the UK.
“We’re friends because progressive, democratic governments respect human rights – especially rights of migrants, who have the right to seek a better life.”
Critics of the Mexican President, who is a veteran activist, said Amlo’s leftist sympathies could turn Mexico “into Venezuela”.
His opposers say he shares the same authoritarian approach of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
But Mr López Obrador rejected this allegation, saying he will not carry out expropriations, unlike Mr Chavez, or seek re-election after this term in office.
(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)