MEXICO CITY, Sep 11 (Reuters / EP) –
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has described as “successful” the meeting held on Tuesday by members of his Government with representatives of the United States Administration to address the immigration issue, which he considers discarded “the threat of imposing unilateral tariffs “by Washington.
US President Donald Trump threatened Mexico with the imposition of tariffs on its products if irregular immigration was not stopped and, in July, an agreement was announced that raised, among other issues, a strengthening of security in border areas and a return of asylum seekers while their request was resolved.
In order to review this commitment, a Mexican delegation headed by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard met on Tuesday at the White House with a US team led by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“It was a successful meeting, there was a satisfactory environment for the two governments,” said López Obrador during his daily press conference, in which he stressed that the two governments have turned to the tensions that have arisen in recent months.
Mexico has deployed more than 25,000 members of the National Guard both at the northern and southern borders, as part of a reinforcement of security measures. The López Obrador Executive estimates that the flow of undocumented migrants to the U.S. border has been reduced by 56 percent since June.