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Mexico president, Biden discuss migration, Covid-19

Mexico City, Jan 22 (EFE) .- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Friday said he discussed migration, the Covid-19 pandemic, and cooperation on development with new US President Joe Biden in their first telephonic conversation as heads of state.

López Obrador in a social media message said Biden was “kind and respectful” during the conversation as “we discussed issues related to migration, Covid-19 and cooperation for development and well-being.” López Obrador said in a message.

He said the conversation and how it was held indicated that the relations between Mexico and the United States would good for the benefit of the two countries and their people, the Mexican president said.

López Obrador posted a group photograph with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and former head of the presidential office Alfonso Romo seated around a small roundtable.

The Mexican foreign ministry said the president congratulated his American counterpart on his swearing-in and expressed his best wishes for the new US administration.

He said his government was ready to work together with the US on a broad bilateral agenda.

The Mexican president said he was satisfied with the recognition of the contributions of the Mexican migrant community in the US, according to the statement.

The two presidents agreed that their governments would work together to advance a common approach to development and well-being.

They also discussed the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and stressed that cooperation was needed to combat it.

Biden’s call with López Obrador came after he spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was the first foreign leader the new US president called after he came to power last Wednesday.

The telephone contact took place a day after López Obrador told reporters that a call between leaders was unnecessary since high-level officials from both governments were already speaking to each other.

“It is not necessary, we wish him the best and with us there will be no problem. He knows it and we know that we will not have any problem with his government,” said the Mexican president.

López Obrador, who met Biden in 2012 when he was vice president of the US, earlier held a telephonic meeting with the Democrat on Dec.19 after he was declared the president-elect. EFE

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