López Obrador tells Blinken that friendship with US is of great importance

Mexico City, Oct 5 (EFE).- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday that “friendship” between the two countries is of great importance to him and expressed his conviction that they will be able to overcome difficulties.

The president received at the National Palace the US delegation headed by Blinken, who visited the country on the occasion of the High-Level Security Dialogue convened to address the fentanyl and migration crises on the border.

López Obrador said during the meeting that he was “very pleased” to receive them because both governments have been working “jointly” on many issues, according to a video posted on the president’s social media.

“We care very much about this communication, relationship of understanding and friendship. We are doing very well. We will be able to face our problems and difficulties,” he said.

Blinken said on social media that the meeting was excellent and stressed that both countries “work closely” because they share a common border, common goals, and common challenges.

As reported by the State Department in a statement, the head of US diplomacy expressed to López Obrador his “gratitude” for the extradition last September of drug trafficker Ovidio Guzmán, son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

They also addressed “the challenges” posed by irregular migration and fentanyl trafficking, the note added.

Blinken is accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and White House Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall.

The meeting, convened to address the fentanyl trafficking crisis and the boom in migratory flows at the border, was marked by the decision of the Administration of US President Joe Biden to “immediately” reinforce the border fence in areas of the Rio Grande Valley, one of the areas with the highest number of people crossing.

López Obrador expressed in his morning press conference on Thursday his disagreement with this measure and recalled that Biden had so far maintained that he would not build the wall.

Shortly after, the US president acknowledged that he did not believe that the wall was a solution to the immigration problem but justified that the resources for its construction were already allocated before his administration. He has not been able to redirect them. EFE


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