They refuse to open the border due to the third wave of Covid

César Martínez / Reform

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 | 06:23

Mexico City- Despite the call of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the United States will keep its border with Mexico closed due to the outbreaks of Covid-19, it was agreed yesterday at the meeting between senior officials of both governments.

“We agree that it is important (the reopening), but unfortunately the variations and outbreaks complicated the scenario,” said one of those attending the meeting.

“We are going to continue advancing in vaccination and in constant communication to find a route,” he said.

During his call on Monday with Vice President Kamala Harris, the president asked him to completely reopen the border between the two countries, an issue that Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard addressed with the delegation led by Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Advisor.

At the meeting, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), it was also agreed that on September 9, the High Level Economic Dialogue (DEAN) will be relaunched.

“Through the DEAN, the two countries will advance together in a range of projects with a view to strengthening and accelerating the economic recovery of Mexico, the United States and North America,” indicated the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

They review migration

The most recent data on migratory flows were reviewed at the meeting in which Ebrard was accompanied by the Undersecretary of Public Security, Ricardo Mejía; the head of the North American Unit, Roberto Velasco, the commissioner of the National Migration Institute, Francisco Garduño, and commanders of the National Guard, the Navy and the Army.

“It was agreed to expand cooperation in order to manage orderly, safe and regular migration flows with respect for the human rights of migrants and asylum seekers,” the SRE said in a statement.

Ebrard participated in a second meeting with the US delegation, in which Julio Scherer, head of the Legal Counsel of the Presidency, and Lázaro Cárdenas Batel, coordinator of the President’s Advisors, presented the priorities of the López Obrador Administration.

The US delegation was led by Jake Sullivan, adviser to President Biden on National Security, as well as Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of National Security; Juan González, director for the Western Hemisphere of the National Security Council, and the Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Mexico, Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, among others.

They agree to send 8.5

million vaccines

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that in the call he made on Monday with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, he agreed to send to Mexico 3.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 5 million of the biological AstraZeneca.

“For reasons of form and style, it is not asked as what the vaccines come from,” he argued.

“With this we are going to continue advancing in vaccination. They are helping, they are humanitarian actions, they are signs of solidarity, ”he said.

Prior to the meeting with the high-level delegation from the United States, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard highlighted a “very notable” advance in anticovid vaccination in the northern municipalities of the country, for the reopening of the border.

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