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Mexico and the U. S. continue migration talks

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico and the U.S. have resumed talks that began in December at the National Palace. Talks were resumed regarding greater collaboration to confront migratory flows in the region, jointly addressing the root causes, promoting development and opening greater avenues of mobility.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, led a delegation of high-level Mexican officials who met with their counterparts in the city of Washington D.C. with the aim of continuing talks with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

At the beginning of the meeting, Foreign Minister Bárcena extended a fraternal greeting from President López Obrador. She reaffirmed Mexico’s commitment to addressing the root causes of migration and promoting regular migratory flows.

She thanked the joint work with the United States to address the issue for the benefit of Mexico and highlighted the importance of joining other countries in the region to transform the migration phenomenon into one that is safe, regular, orderly and, above all, humane.

Regarding collaboration with the rest of the hemisphere, the Mexican delegation highlighted the great effort initiated to address the root causes of migration. In particular, the development program in which $180 million dollars will be invested to support Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti.

Mexico and the United States agreed to carry out a joint visit to Darién, together with Panama, to understand how the migration phenomenon from that region is occurring. Additionally, they will seek to meet with the Government of Guatemala to explore the best ways to strengthen cooperation.

Likewise, the Mexican delegation emphasized the importance of cooperating to combat illegal trafficking of weapons and people.

Both sides have agreed to meet again in February. Photo: SRE January 2024.

Mexico also presented the great work in favor of Mexican communities in the United States, and the reinforcement of our solid consular network in that country. He reiterated his firm rejection of the measures that the governor of Texas is implementing at the border, with fatal effects on migrants.

The collaboration agreed to modernize the Otay II border crossing was also highlighted, as well as the need to continue working on it for its prompt entry into operation.

In order to continue this high-level dialogue, both delegations agreed to hold a new meeting in February.