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U.S., Mexico discuss migration, COVID-19 vaccine equality

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in a meeting reiterated their interest in Central American development to achieve “orderly, safe and regular migration,” Mexico’s government said on Wednesday (June 2).

The two officials, who met in San Jose, Costa Rica, also discussed advancing more fair and equal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the region, the government statement said.

The two leaders also discussed progress towards addressing COVID-19 and economic recovery, as well as issues related to regional democracy and governance and security, according to U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the region was part of the discussion, Mexico said.

Mexico has complained that richer countries have hoarded vaccine supplies, leaving poorer countries to struggle to secure doses.

The leaders also discussed preparations ahead of the Harris visit to Mexico on June 8, according to the statement.

Harris, who is tasked by President Joe Biden with efforts to deal with an increase in migration at the U.S. Southern border, is scheduled next week to meet with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in person for the first time.

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rodolfo Solano said on Tuesday (June 1) that meeting with Blinken allowed them to address issues related to migration, democracy, corruption, and regional cooperation.

Blinken traveled on Tuesday to Costa Rica to hold talks with leaders from Central America and Mexico and discuss U.S. investment in the region.

After the meeting, Blinken attended an event on the environment and deforestation, where he reiterated the importance of reducing carbon emissions.

(Production: Hector Guzman, Rodolfo Pena Roja, Liamar Ramos)

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