UPDATE 2-US will invest in Central America and southern Mexico to stop migration: Mexican Foreign Minister

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WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Thursday after a summit between North American leaders that the United States is committed to promoting growth and helping curb migration from Central America and southern Mexico. has agreed to invest in

Mexican officials released some of the findings of a meeting in Washington between President Andres Manuel López Obrador, US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“The United States is going to invest in a program that will probably be called ‘Sowing Opportunities’, which President López Obrador came up with in relation to Central America, primarily and southern Mexico.” Ebbard said.

The official did not specify how much would be invested, but said the Mexican government would work with US agencies in the coming days.

Many people from Central America and southern Mexico attempt to cross into the United States without immigration documents, in search of better living conditions.

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Meanwhile, the Mexican foreign ministry said North American leaders agreed at a so-called “Three Friends” meeting to strengthen the supply chain. The roadblocks have dealt a severe blow to the automotive industry and many other sectors.

Another conclusion they said was that they would seek a coordinated approach to solving the problem of hundreds of thousands of firearms passing into Mexico each year.

The three North American countries will also support Caribbean and Latin American countries that are unlikely to reach the number of vaccines against COVID-19 they need.

Ebrard said the governments agreed that Mexico City would host the next summit of North American leaders next year.

(Reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez, Adriana Barrera and Dave Graham in Mexico City)

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