Mexican President to discuss border and migration with US Vice President Harris
MEXICO CITY, Aug.9 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday that he and US Vice President Kamala Harris would discuss reopening the US-Mexico border and immigration when they speak by phone later in the day.
Speaking at a regular morning press conference, Lopez Obrador said he and Harris would also be talking about COVID-19 vaccines, new cases of which have recently surged in Mexico.
The president said vaccinations along the Mexico-United States border have resulted in fewer hospitalizations and deaths despite increased infections on both sides of the border.
“This is what I am going to suggest today, that we can demonstrate that we are not putting the population at risk,” Lopez Obrador said at a press conference held in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, from the ‘across the border with El Paso, Texas.
The call with Harris would take place at 4 p.m. (2100 GMT) Mexico time, Lopez Obrador said.
The countries’ 2,000-mile shared border has been closed to non-essential travel since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Raul Cortes Editing by Dave Graham
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