The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, held a video conference this Friday at which the two agreed to work together to better address the causes that caused the crisis migration to share border they and invest in development in the countries of origin.
“Mexico is our closest neighbor and we share a border, but also the values of dignity and respect, family ties and a common, extensive and complex history (…). Our countries are facing major challenges, the pandemic and its economic effects as well an increase in the number of migrants arriving at our common border, “Harris began his intervention.
On this point, Harris noted that “it is in our mutual interest” to provide “immediate assistance” and “address the root causes of migration” to the Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
In the virtual meeting held by both heads of state and government, they also showed a shared disposition to address other issues affecting the region, such as violence, organized crime, the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact, and climate change.
“We believe that if people do not want to leave their homes because they are threatened or because they have no chance,” it is therefore in our mutual interest to address some of these root causes and do so. The US Vice President not only emphasized bilaterally, but also sought the support of other international partners.
Following his intervention, Harris celebrated speaking again with President López Obrador, whom he invited for a face-to-face meeting on June 7th when the Vice President is traveling to Mexico on a two-day trip that will also take her to Guatemala.
For his part, López Obrador has stressed that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, trusted Harris to address the issue and immigration policy. Synonymous, he valued “that he cares a lot” what happens at the border that both countries share.
“Political, historical, friendly relations, sometimes differences, but we have a border that connects us for more than 3,000 kilometers and we have to seek understanding, not fight,” he emphasized.
“We will continue to understand each other, we have a lot in common and we agree with the policies you have on immigration and we will help, you can count on us,” he said.