Los Angeles, California – Mexico’s president on Wednesday said he wants Mexico to host a major Hollywood movie festival in 2019, the first such event since President Donald Trump took office.
Carlos Salinas announced the initiative during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
Salinas, a Republican, has repeatedly expressed interest in hosting such a gathering.
“I am convinced that we have to organize a big event, a movie festival, and that we must have great, big movies,” Salinas said.
“But at the same time, we have the obligation to organize events that are inclusive, that are respectful, and the idea is that the Mexican state will be the center of these events.”
Trump, who has threatened to pull billions of dollars from the United States and Mexico over alleged border crossers and crime, has promised to build a wall along the border with Mexico, but has not said whether he wants the country to host such an event.
The Mexican government has said it will host the festival if Salinas is elected president.
The country is facing a growing crime problem that has led to a spike in murders, rape, kidnappings, assaults and burglaries.