The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, acknowledged Mexico’s “significant” progress in the migration strategy on its southern border when he met with its Mexican counterpart, Marcelo Ebrard, on Sunday, a day before the 45-day deadline fixed in their migratory agreement of the past June 7.
Ebrard and Pompeo’s dialogue, held this Sunday in Mexico City, “was carried out in a cordial manner and led to positive results for both countries,” the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) said in a bulletin.
By virtue of these advances, Ebrard said that Mexico “does not consider it necessary to initiate any type of negotiation regarding an eventual safe third-country agreement between Mexico and the United States,” the Foreign Ministry said.
After the meeting with Ebrard, Pompeo ended his visit to Mexico, on a tour this week by several countries in the region.
In addition to the migration issue, Ebrard addressed with Pompeo commercial aspects, such as the Mexican tomato taxes imposed last May, and the transfer of arms from the United States to Mexico, which is considered linked to insecurity.
Mexico raised a binational commission to recover money from drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States and also stressed the convenience of relaunching the repatriation program between the two countries suspended in 2018.
Regarding migration, “Pompeo recognized the significant progress of the Mexican operations, in compliance with the agreement between both countries reached on June 7 in Washington,” the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.
In this migratory agreement, Mexico was committed to the United States to take measures to control migration along its southern border in exchange for the non-imposition of tariff measures on its products.
The Mexican foreign minister said in the meeting with Pompeo that Mexico will continue with “the migration strategy to guarantee orderly, safe and regular flows.”
In business, Ebrard expressed to the Secretary of State of the United States the concern of the Government of Mexico regarding the tariffs imposed on Mexican tomatoes that negatively affect more than one million jobs in this country.
Last May, the United States announced a 17.5% tariff on imports of Mexican tomatoes, which experts say will imply an annual cost of over 350 million dollars, since Mexico exports about 2,000 million dollars of this product.
During the meeting between Ebrard and Pompeo, a binational group was formally set up to recover the assets and assets linked to “El Chapo” Guzmán, who was sentenced by a New York judge to life imprisonment plus 30 years for drug trafficking offenses.
According to experts consulted by Efe, the process will be long because there are not many indications of the whereabouts of the money and where are the 12,666 million dollars that the judge who sentenced the former head of the Sinaloa cartel asks for compensation.
The Mexican government asked the United States to develop a joint operation aimed at curbing the illegal trafficking of arms entering its territory through five strategic points on the border, which are linked to the high levels of insecurity in Mexico.
The central points of this arms transfer are the border crossings of San Diego (California) -Tijuana (Baja California), El Paso (Texas) -Ciudad Juárez (Chihuahua), and those of Laredo-Nuevo Laredo, McAllen-Reynosa and Brownsville -Matamoros, these in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
Ebrard also asked Secretary Pompeo to reinstate the program that provided support to Mexican citizens repatriated from the United States and who was suspended in 2018 before thanking him for the visit and celebrating the “excellent communication” between his offices.