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López Obrador will meet with foreign ministers to talk migration strategies

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he will meet with foreign ministers from 10 countries in Latin America to work on the migration phenomenon.

“If there is a lot of migration, if there is a lot of flow of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, unite, analyze the causes of how to help so that people are not forced to abandon their towns.

“We have already proven that if there are options, there are opportunities, we can ensure that people do not abandon their places of origin and their families. We have already said it many times, those who migrate do so out of necessity not out of pleasure, so we must address the causes,” he said Thursday.

In a morning press conference, he explained that this meeting will be held in Mexico in the next 10 days at the initiative of the Government. The objective, he said, is to analyze the migration situation and work together for the benefit of the people.

“They (foreign ministers) understand that almost everyone passes through Mexico and that we have to take care of the migrants, protect them, but we have to prevent migratory flows from increasing because the risks are greater, so we have to come to an agreement,” he said.

He announced that the Government of Mexico will present a proposal based on cooperation for development.

“Cooperation is permanent and in all areas. (…) We decided to invite the foreign ministers, the governments of ten countries to analyze the situation and we have a proposal that we want to make to them,” he indicated.

Last week, the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) relocated more than 8,000 migrants from the Tapachula, Chiapas camp to other camps set up in Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz.