Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
© REUTERS/Henry Romero/File PhotoMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event at the Zocalo square to mark the fifth anniversary of his election victory on July 1, 2018 , in Mexico City, Mexico July 1, 2023.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday called for an end to the "irrational" war in Ukraine, urging upcoming peace talks in the Middle East to include representation from both Ukraine and Russia.

Lopez Obrador said Mexico would only take part in the talks in Saudi Arabia, reportedly scheduled to be held over the coming weekend, if both sides were present.

"If there's acceptance from both Ukraine and Russia to look for solutions to achieve peace, we'll participate," the president told reporters at a regular press conference.

Comment: Russia has repeatedly stated it wants peace, it's the US and UK that have deterred Ukraine from engaging in discussions.

"We don't want the Russia-Ukraine war to continue, it's very irrational," Lopez Obrador added, noting that the conflict has caused massive human suffering. "The only thing that benefits from it is the war industry."

Senior officials from up to 30 countries are expected to participate in the talks Aug. 5-6 in Jeddah, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Russia has not been invited, the outlet reported, citing diplomats involved in the planning.

Comment: This tells us everything we need to know about these peace talks: Russia, that's defending itself against the West and that's engaged in a battle for its future, and which is also winning the conflict, hasn't even been invited.

On Monday, the Kremlin said it would "follow" the meeting but did not currently see conditions for peace talks with Kyiv.

Lopez Obrador has sought to keep Mexico neutral in the war, though his government has backed some major U.N. resolutions criticizing Russia's role in the conflict. Mexico has refused to send arms to Ukraine and has not imposed sanctions on Russia.

In April, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged Mexican lawmakers to back his plan to end the war, which would include Russia withdrawing its troops from Ukrainian territory.

Lopez Obrador had outlined a separate peace plan last year, which Ukraine opposed, arguing it would have benefited Russia.