Joe Biden will visit Mexico in January, the White House announced Tuesday, Dec. 20, as it seeks to warm up America’s sometimes fraught relationship with the neighboring country.
A visit to improve relations with its southern neighbor. The White House announced Tuesday that Joe Biden will travel to Mexico next January.
The US President will participate in the North American Leaders’ Summit on 9-10 January.
He will meet there with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, John Kirby, a spokesman for the US administration’s National Security Council, said during an interview with reporters.
Security and immigration at the heart of the meeting
The two countries have a close partnership, particularly on security and immigration issues, as the Biden administration struggles to put in place a sustainable strategy to manage arrivals at its 3,000-long border with Mexico.
So far, the White House’s immigration policy is based mainly on a measure put in place by former President Donald Trump that severely restricts access to the territory for health reasons.
John Kirby said the U.S. is “working right now” with Mexico to “address the misinformation that smugglers are spreading” to recruit candidates to cross the U.S. border.