United States Vice President Kamala Harris is wrapping up her first overseas journey with a go to to Mexico on Tuesday, and a gathering with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a key ally within the Biden administration’s efforts to curb the spike in migration on the US border.
Harris, in her function coping with the foundation causes of elevated migration from the Northern Triangle international locations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, in addition to Mexico, has sought to strengthen diplomatic relations with Lopez Obrador.
“Now we have a partnership, a longstanding partnership. Apart from Canada, we’re the closest neighbours to one another,” Harris instructed reporters earlier than departing for Mexico on Monday evening. “That’s the foundation of the dialog I’ll have with him – is with that spirit, that we now have to be companions.”
The assembly follows Harris’s Monday go to to Guatemala, the place she met President Alejandro Giammattei. To coincide with their assembly, the Biden administration introduced a lot of new commitments to fight trafficking, smuggling, and corruption, in addition to investments in financial improvement within the nation.
However on Tuesday, her assembly with Lopez Obrador didn’t ship as many concrete commitments.
The 2 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that can set up larger cooperation between the 2 nations on improvement programmes in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Harris aides say the 2 leaders additionally mentioned vaccine sharing, the financial and safety relationship between the 2 nations, and coping with the foundation causes of migration from different international locations within the area.
The US and Mexico share historical past and household. Our economies are tied, and our safety depends on each other. I’m right here in Mexico Metropolis to resume our nation’s essential partnership with Mexico.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) June 8, 2021
The memorandum of understanding, in line with particular envoy Ricardo Zuniga, who accompanied Harris on the journey, marks a brand new stage of cooperation, and is essential as a result of the 2 nations have “among the identical points” in terms of irregular migration.
The accord is geared toward boosting Harris’s efforts of decreasing the variety of migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle international locations to the US.
“It’s essential to indicate that the US and Mexico are collaborating and making an attempt to enhance circumstances on the bottom amongst our neighbours, due to the significance that different international locations in Central America have for each of us,” Zuniga instructed reporters travelling with Harris.
US border authorities encountered almost 19,000 unaccompanied youngsters in March, the very best on document. General, it had greater than 170,000 encounters on the border in April, the very best stage in additional than 20 years.
In March, Lopez Obrador blamed Biden for the rise in migration on the US border, charging that the Biden administration had created “expectations” that “there can be a greater remedy of migrants”.
The assembly comes simply days after the nation’s midterm elections, through which Lopez Obrador’s occasion appeared poised to keep up their majority in Mexico’s decrease chamber of the congress, however fell wanting a two-thirds majority as some voters boosted the struggling opposition, in line with preliminary election outcomes.
Harris was not anticipated to deal with the election outcomes throughout her assembly with the president.
She is going to spend the remainder of the day in Mexico assembly feminine entrepreneurs and labour leaders within the nation.