López Obrador seeks agreement with the US and Canada to invest in Central America

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  • Mon, 12/03/2018 - 14:47
López Obrador seeks agreement with the US and Canada to invest in Central America
  • EFE

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, explained today that he will seek a "tripartite investment" agreement with the United States and Canada to invest in Central America and face the migration phenomenon.

"We are presenting a proposal to promote development in Central America, with tripartite investment from Canada, the United States and Mexico, so that companies and governments of the three countries can initiate a plan to promote development from south to north," said López Obrador in a press conference.

The first morning press conference, which began at 07.24 local time (13.24 GMT), 24 minutes later than the scheduled time, served the new president to abound on this plan, which had already announced at his investiture but without giving more details to face "migratory phenomena".

The objective, he said, is that "migration becomes optional, that whoever wants to travel can go to the United States, emigrate and have that right, but that migration is not something related to the lack of job opportunities".

On the investment program between the three countries he is awaiting soon "a response" from the other nations.

"I am proposing the signing of a commitment between the three countries for this investment plan" and thus "work-solving" migration, he added.

This December 1, López Obrador took office as President of Mexico in a ceremony at the Congress of the Union with hundreds of invited personalities and a cultural party in the capital's Zócalo, with tens of thousands of people.

Thus ended the so-called transition period, which began after his great victory in the elections on July 1, when he won more than 53% of the vote.

He thanked today the presence of Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, in the investiture.

He also considered positive the "treatment received" by the United States Government since July 1.

"We have maintained a respectful relations with President Donald Trump and we will continue with this respectful relation," he said.

López Obrador noted that in addition to the migratory phenomenon -marked since October by the phenomenon of caravans-, the bilateral relations is marked by trade and by security and drug trafficking.

Mexico and the countries of the Northern Triangle, made up of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, signed on Saturday, after the investiture of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president, an Integral Development Plan to address the migratory phenomenon.


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