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Energy and immigration some of the topics discussed by AMLO and Blinken

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his recent meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State went well. In a press notice, López Obrador reported that both sides are in favor of maintaining a good relationship.

“There is a lot of interest, a desire to continue maintaining good relations with us. (…) Some topics were discussed with me. The energy part, basically in their purpose, for the United States Government to be respectful of our energy policy, of our sovereignty,” he reported.

“We discussed the possibility of carrying out joint actions for the development of energy and the automotive industry, everything that has to do with electric cars (…) the investments that need to be expanded, that will come to our country with the purpose of strengthening this industry,” he said.

He stressed that the US officials showed a proactive, respectful and friendly will for which the dialogue and the establishment of agreements in favor of the peoples will continue.

“Not even the word ‘tariff’ or ‘sanction’ was used, nothing because there is no reason and we agreed to strengthen our relations. Trade between Mexico and the United States is growing a lot, foreign investment is growing,” he said.

In the Treasury Hall of the National Palace, the president said that bilateral cooperation will contribute to the implementation of the Sonora Plan, which includes the production of clean energy through solar plants and the promotion of the automotive industry, a sector in which the nationalization of lithium, a strategic mineral in the manufacture of batteries is fundamental.

Regarding the migratory issues, the president added that there is a mutual interest in guaranteeing human rights. The Government of Mexico maintains the proposal to address the causes so that people do not leave their places of origin.

“It was agreed to continue working in a coordinated manner to help and make cooperation with the governments of Central America a reality; that there is support so that people are not forced to emigrate, that the migratory phenomenon is growing not only in America, but in the world and we must work to address the causes,” he explained.

The president reiterated that electoral interests should not influence the migratory phenomenon.

“Immigration should not be used for electoral purposes. (…) We told them that we were not going to remain silent if migrants were mistreated much less if Mexicans were mistreated. I talked about the case of the wall which President (Joseph) Biden has said he is not going to build and he is complying with that,” he stated.

He reaffirmed the approach of unifying the American continent, in a similar way to the European Union at the time, with the aim of strengthening the region and making efficient use of natural resources, the workforce, technology and market capacity.

On Monday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador held a private meeting with the Secretary of State of the US Government, Antony Blinken and the Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo. At the time, he did not release information regarding topics discussed.