Presidents of US and Mexico speak of Migration and Coronavirus

Presidents of US and Mexico speak of Migration and Coronavirus

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MEXICO CITY, Jan 23- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden discussed migration, the COVID-19 pandemic and bilateral cooperation on Friday during his first phone call since the American took office this week.

The call, made in the afternoon, was “pleasant and respectful,” López Obrador said in a brief post on Twitter, in which he appears in a photo smiling, sitting at a table with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and former presidential chief of staff Alfonso Blunt.

“Everything indicates that relations will be good and for the benefit of our peoples and nations,” said López Obrador.

Mexico plays an important role in Biden’s plans for immigration reform. Earlier this month, Mexico helped coordinate efforts in Central America to contain a large caravan of migrants heading to the United States.

However, Biden’s inauguration comes at a time of latent tension due to a United States investigation, which has already been shelved, into former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos.

During the call, López Obrador celebrated the legacy of Mexican migrants in the United States and reiterated that the best way to manage migration was to promote development in the places that feed the phenomenon, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said.

The two leaders agreed that teams from both countries would work together to craft a common approach to development, underscoring the need for joint cooperation to combat the pandemic, the ministry said in a statement.

On the other hand, the ministry said that the US government had approved the appointment of Esteban Moctezuma as Mexico’s ambassador to the United States. Moctezuma has yet to be ratified by the Mexican Senate, which should be a formality.

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