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Antony Blinken and AMLO agree to form a team that will meet periodically to address the migration crisis

The announcement was made by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alicia Bárcenas after the bilateral meeting.

Composición con dos imágenes de archivo, una del secretario de Estado norteamericano, Antony Blinken, y la otra del presidente mexicano Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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The closed-door meeting between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Wednesday in Mexico ended with mutual praise and secrecy. Although AMLO assured in a post that "important agreements" had been reached, he did not provide more details. Neither did Blinken, who only said he was "committed to partnering with Mexico," nor Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who also participated in the meeting, nor the White House.

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Alicia Bárcenas did have specific statements: "What we are going to do is form a joint work team," she said to local media. Bárcenas explained that the team will meet periodically, will include other countries in the region and that the next meeting will be at the end of January.

Likewise, the official highlighted "reopening border crossings" and combating "the causes" of immigration as main priorities: "Poverty, inequality, violence, family reunification." López Obrador had assured the same in a press conference prior to the meeting, in which he also stressed that his government would not tighten immigration controls and took aim at those who, according to him, sensationalize the immigration issue in U.S. internal politics for their own gain. He also stated that he hoped that the United States would reach out to Cuba.