Strong relations Mexico-USA, Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, and the coordinator of the southern border of the United States, Ambassador Roberta Jacobson

Channel 1 Los Angeles

3/24/2021

At the meeting led by the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, and the coordinator of the southern border of the United States, Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, humanitarian actions were highlighted to promote, in the short term, inclusive economic development in the north of Central America that mitigates the root causes behind migratory flows in the region. In addition, different mechanisms for the protection of human rights were addressed, particularly focused on the protection of migrant infants.

The United States delegation held a second meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (Amexcid) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). At the meeting, the progress of the Comprehensive Development Plan for the northern region of Central America was presented. The Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena, attended the meeting virtually and made a presentation of the project prepared by UN agencies in conjunction with the Governments of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Alicia Bárcena delved into the 15 thematic programs on economic development, social welfare, combating climate change and comprehensive management of the migration cycle, which are articulated in 114 projects.

For their part, the Amexcid officials presented the progress of the programs “Sembrando Vida” and “Jóvenes Building el Futuro” in Central America, achieved thanks to the resources delivered directly to the beneficiaries. The participants from both governments and from ECLAC agreed to strengthen cooperation to stimulate the regional economy in a more equitable way and, thus, reduce migratory flows from Central America.

In a third meeting, officials from the United States delegation spoke with authorities of the Foreign Ministry and representatives of the National Migration Institute (INM). Officials discussed the challenges of designing a migration model that protects human rights, as well as the need to implement incentives to achieve the shared goal of safe and regular orderly migration.

The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, was accompanied by the Director General and Head of the Office for North America, Roberto Velasco Álvarez. The executive director of Amexcid, Laura Elena Carrillo, and the executive secretary of Cepal, Alicia Bárcena, led the meeting on international cooperation for development. The director of the ECLAC subregional headquarters in Mexico, Hugo Beteta; the general director of cooperation and bilateral economic relations, Carlos Castillo Pérez, and the general director of planning, Mónica Pérez.

The third meeting was attended by the legal consultant of the Foreign Ministry, Alejandro Celorio, and the general director of Political Coordination, Ximena Escobedo. The INM was attended by the general director of Migrant Protection and Bonding, Ruth Villanueva, and the deputy general director of administration, Armando López Cárdenas.

The United States delegation was led by the Southern Border coordinator and special assistant to the president, Ambassador Roberta Jacobson; the special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the National Security Council, Juan González, and the special envoy of the State Department for the Northern Triangle, Ricardo Zúñiga. Likewise, the charge d’affaires of the United States Embassy in Mexico, John Creamer, participated.

The Government of Mexico reiterates its commitment to human rights and international cooperation in favor of addressing the root causes of the migratory phenomenon, so that no one is forced to migrate.

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