Recently, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, traveled to the United States to meet Donald Trump and took advantage of the visit to pose in front of the statue of Benito Juárez

Azteca News –

U.S.- Before the visit that the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, made to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, one of the destinations that were marked on his agenda was to go to the monument of Benito Juarez, which is located in the city of Washington.

Just nine blocks from the White House, at the intersection of Virginia and New Hampshire Avenue, there is a bronze sculpture of « Benemérito de las Américas ». During AMLO’s first official foreign visit, he was also taken to visit the Abraham Lincoln memorial.

Given this, many questions arose, among them, why is there a sculpture of Benito Juarez in North American territory? This is due to the exchange of gifts between the two governments, which we will explain to you.

The sculpture of the former president, originally from the state of Oaxaca, was a gift given to the United States by former President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz in 1968. This was given as a response of thanks to the gift that Mexico received from that country, by giving us the statue Abraham Lincoln in 1966. Monument found in the Polanco park of the same name.

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It is worth mentioning that the statue of Benito Juarez in Washington It is a replica of the original work done by the sculptor Enrique Alciati, in 1891. At the base of the sculpture, one of the ex-governor’s most emblematic phrases can be clearly read, and which is remembered every Natalicio de Benito Juarez: « Respect for the rights of others is peace ».