US, Mexico stronger ties at summit

 Us President, Joe Biden, and his Mexican counterpart discussed stronger economic ties, fighting the illegal drug trade, and approaches to curbing illegal migration at a meeting in Mexico City on Monday, the White House said in a statement. Biden and Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, also discussed incentives to promote in­vestment in semiconductor manufacturing along the border in the bilateral meeting, the White House said.

“There are unmatched conditions to start a new policy of economic and social integration in our continent,” Lopez Obra­dor said at the start of the meeting, urging Biden to invest in the region.

Lopez Obrador was hosting Biden and Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, from Monday to Wednesday for the first summit between the three since late 2021.

The talk of closer partnership comes even as disagreements persist over Lopez Obrador’s nationalist energy policies, which led to the launch of a formal trade complaint in July by Washington and Otta­wa. Lopez Obrador said a trade agreement has proven to be a valuable instrument but that there was continuous growth in its

 Pacific ports with goods from Asia, sig­nalling the countries remain dependent on Asian industrial production.

“Couldn’t we produce in America what we consume? Of course, it is a matter of definition and joint planning of our future development,” he said during a meeting with Biden.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic battered supply chains, policymakers have stepped up calls for firms to relocate business from Asia to beef up the economies covered by the United States-Mexico-Canada regional trade agreement.

The two leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to use “innovative approaches” to reduce irregular mi­gration after the Biden Administration recently introduced a policy to expel back to Mexico migrants from Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua who crossed the border illegally. Mexico has urged the United States to commit funds to Cen­tral America and southern Mexico to boost development and stem migration from one of the poorest regions in the hemisphere, and to make it easier for migrants to get US jobs.

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