WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 09: Kamala Harris arrives for the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) with the delegation from Mexico including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard at the Eisenhower Office Building on September 09, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
UPDATED 5:12 PM PT – Thursday, September 9, 2021
Kamala Harris spoke at a meeting in Washington as the Biden administration begins to relaunch high-level economic dialogue between the U.S. and Mexico. On Thursday at the White House, the U.S. restarted economic talks with Mexico in hopes of pursuing an improved economic relationship.
“Mexico’s economic stability is in the interest of the United States,” stated Harris who said the meeting posed as a follow up to the previous meeting with Mexico’s president in June.
Harris emphasized the importance of both nations dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and cyber threats.
“Mexico is our closest neighbor…and a strategic partner and one of our most important economic relationships,” she said.
Before the meeting, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his advisors would push the Biden administration to offer temporary work visas for Central Americans. He added he believes this could slow the flow of illegal immigrants crossing the border.
“Today’s meeting is very important so that we initiate a new stage, because there has not been attention to the population that is obligated to migrate,” Lopez Obrador stressed at his daily news conference.
Representation for the U.S. included Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, among others.