WASHINGTON (AP) – As President Joe Biden seeks to dismantle the last administration’s hard-line immigration program, he worked on Monday to build a partnership with someone who struck an unexpected deal with Donald Trump: the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Biden and López Obrador have met for a virtual bilateral meeting, with immigration, the coronavirus pandemic and climate issues on the agenda. How the two leaders would get along in what has become an increasingly complicated relationship was an important question.
“We haven’t been perfect neighbors,” Biden admitted in brief remarks at the start of his videoconference meeting with the Mexican president.
López Obrador, for his part, told Biden he was grateful that the new president is “willing to maintain good relations for the good of our people in North America”.
The Mexican president also winked at a sad observation attributed to José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori, the Mexican general who served seven terms as president of the country, about relations between the two countries: “ Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States »
“I can now say, ‘It is wonderful for Mexico to be close to God and not so far from the United States,’ said López Obrador.
Lopez Obrador came to the meeting with his own priority checklist,…
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