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Traditional U.S. LatAm partners support Mexico against Trump

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Peru and Colombia vowed to stand with Mexico as the country faces an uncertain economic future and grapples with a crisis with the United States just days into U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said members of the Latin American trade bloc the Pacific Alliance must double down on efforts to open markets and strengthen ties as they navigate the "turbulent waters" of protectionist rhetoric.

Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico formed the Pacific Alliance in 2011 to remove obstacles to trade and orient their markets to the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.

"Right now one of us is facing serious difficulties that are not of its own making," Kuczynski said in reference to Mexico as he sat beside his Colombian counterpart on an official visit.

"We have to stand together on our ideals, on global trade which has done us so much good."

"There are clouds of uncertainty around the world," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said.

"We want to join the call of countries that adhere to the principles that have been so good for the world: free trade, respect for treaties... multilateral solutions."

Though Kuczynski did not mention Trump by name, his comments were some of the first voices of displeasure with the Trump administration from traditional U.S. allies in Latin America.

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