Mexico’s Lopez Obrador and Harris discuss migration, which is boosting the Central American economy


Mexico City, Aug. 9 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke on Monday about migration, the fight against COVID-19 and the need to strengthen Central American economies, the white said House in a statement with.

Shortly Statement on Twitter, Lopez Obrador said the conversation, which started around 4 p.m. (2100 GMT), was good and he would provide more details on Tuesday.

The White House said the two heads of state and government had discussed ongoing bilateral cooperation to combat “irregular migration” to the common US-Mexico border and agreed to focus on strengthening the Central American economy through investments in agriculture and the United States focus on climate resistance.

Harris briefed Lopez Obrador on US efforts, including the release of the US Strategy to Address the Causes of Migration in Central America on July 29.

The U.S. Vice President Lopez Obrador also said Washington has committed to sending additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Mexico in addition to the 4 million doses already delivered, the White House said.

Prior to the call, a senior US official said the vaccines could come from multiple manufacturers, including Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and AstraZeneca PLC (AZN.L).

Earlier, Lopez Obrador said he and Harris would discuss reopening the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration, and vaccines against COVID-19, new cases of which have emerged in Mexico.

Speaking at a regular morning press conference, the Mexican president said vaccinations along Mexico’s border with the United States had resulted in fewer hospital admissions and deaths amid rising infections on both sides.

“This is what I am going to propose today that we can show that we are not endangering the population,” said Lopez Obrador in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

The United States has already lent Mexico a few million doses of vaccine and would share more with Mexico than any other country, reflecting the importance it attaches to bilateral relations, the US official said.

The countries’ 2,000-mile (3,200 km) border has been closed to non-essential travel since the pandemic began last year.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Raul Cortes in Mexico City and Nandita Bose and Andrea Shalal in Washington; Edited by Dave Graham, Peter Cooney and Karishma Singh

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