< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">By receiving Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the White House, Joe Biden took the opportunity to improve his sometimes strained relations with his Mexican counterpart.
Forget friction, make way for cooperation: Presidents of the United States and Mexico on Tuesday showed their desire to “close ranks” in the face of the migration crisis at their common border and inflation.
Joe Biden called x27;friend and partner his counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whom he received for the second time at the White House.
The Mexican head of state, however, inflicted a strong snub on him at the beginning of June by refusing to participate in the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, on the grounds that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua do not x27;had not been invited.
The two men also differ on the crisis in Ukraine, with the Mexican refusing to join the sanctions imposed by the West against Russia.< /p>
Despite the overblown titles we often see, we both have a strong working relationship, Joe Biden assured.
I believe that by working together, we can help solve our respective problems, continued the Democratic President, emphasizing the migration crisis on the border between the two countries.
Citing the death of 53 migrants, including many Mexicans, in an overheated truck in Texas on June 27, he said the United States had stepped up the fight against smugglers who put would-be immigrants at risk.
We need each country in the region to join us, launched the Democrat, accused by the Republican opposition of being lax in the face of record arrests of illegal immigrants on the southern border.
His Mexican counterpart has also pleaded for closer cooperation between the two countries, while setting his own demands: regularization of migrants who have been settled for a long time in the States States.
Referring to difficult times with inflation from which the whole world is suffering, the left-nationalist president also suggested suspending customs tariffs between the two countries to reduce prices at the benefit of consumers.
Despite no s differences and our disagreements, which are not easy to forget, we have, on several occasions, been able to work as true allies, Mr. Lopez Obrador continued.