The president of United States, Joe Bidenwill speak on Friday with his peer from Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorto discuss issues such as migration, security and economic cooperation, informed the White House.

The leaders will hold a virtual meeting ahead of the Summit of the Americas, the White House added in a statement Tuesday.

The meeting will take place at a time of strong migratory wave. In March, US authorities intercepted more than 221,000 people on the border with Mexico, the highest number in a single month in more than two decades.

The two leaders will discuss this problem, as well as “the joint efforts of development in Central America“, the region where most of the migrants come from, the White House press officer reported in a statement, Jen Psaki.

They will also deal with “competitiveness and economic growth, security, energy and economic cooperation,” he added.

The Summit of the Americaswhich will be held from June 6 to 10 in Los Angeles, will be another of the issues that will be addressed between the two presidents, who spoke in person last November on the occasion of the call North American Leaders Summit (United States, Mexico and Canada).

The United States is Mexico’s main trading partner but, although the bilateral relationship is close, there are discrepancies.

The Mexican government of López Obrador has not followed Washington’s calls for a strong and common front against Russia for having invaded Ukraine and defends a more neutral position.

Lately, the Biden government has urged Mexico to act against the murders of journalists in the country.

López Obrador’s relationship with Biden is better than it was with his predecessor, the Republican donald trumpwhom the Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard accused this Monday of agitating “anti-Mexicanism” in the midst of the electoral campaign for the mid-term legislative elections in the United States, which should take place in November.

Trump boasted during a GOP rally that he had forced a high-ranking representative of the López Obrador government to accept the deployment of thousands of Mexican soldiers to curb undocumented migration.

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