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World Biden to meet Mexican leader in second 'virtual' summit: W. House

04:12  27 february  2021
04:12  27 february  2021 Source:   afp.com

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US President Joe Biden will attend his second "virtual" summit with a foreign leader early next week when he meets his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wearing a suit and tie: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's office said he would talk with his US counterpart Joe Biden about their countries' © ALFREDO ESTRELLA Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's office said he would talk with his US counterpart Joe Biden about their countries' "shared vision and objectives"

"On Monday, March 1, President Joe Biden will meet with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday.

She added that the "virtual event" would touch on cooperation on migration, joint development efforts in Southern Mexico and Central America, Covid-19 recovery and economic cooperation.

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Blinken, who also plans virtually to visit the US- Mexico border, is following the lead of Biden , who on Tuesday held his first " summit " in the form of a virtual meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Former president Donald Trump had strained ties with many close US allies including Canada although many were surprised by his productive relationship with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a populist from the left. Under pressure of sanctions from Trump, Mexico agreed to keep on its soil thousands of Central Americans and other asylum seekers pending review

The Mexican president's office for its part said the two leaders "will talk about the shared vision and objectives," including "cooperation mechanisms to address the structural causes of migration in northern Central America and southern Mexico."

Migration has become a central issue in the relationship between Mexico and the United States, which share a 1,990-mile (3,200-kilometer) border.

Under Biden's predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, Mexico agreed - under the threat of tariffs being imposed - to keep thousands of people who applied for asylum in the United States on its own territory while their cases were processed.

Biden's first virtual meeting with another leader took place on Tuesday when he spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Biden reaffirmed the close US ties with Canada, which had been strained under Trump, while Trudeau called the friendship between the neighbors "extraordinary."

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