Mexico president says meeting with Biden friendly, positive

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he had no differences with U.S. President Joe Biden in their first bilateral meeting

“Teams from both countries are going to explore all possibilities for cooperation in this area” to see “what is possible and when,” López Obrador said.

Ahead of the meeting, White House officials reiterated that Biden remained focused on first vaccinating U.S. citizens before turning his attention to assisting other nations. López Obrador acknowledged Biden may have to first vaccinate most of the U.S. population, but said there was an openness to the subject.

But López Obrador said Tuesday there was a lot of laughter in the one hour and 15-minute conversation with Biden that covered nearly all of the main issues in the bilateral relationship.

“There were not any differences, I’m telling you categorically, not a single one,” López Obrador said.

It could be modeled on the original Bracero program, which allowed Mexicans to work temporarily in the United States to fill labor shortages during World War II and for a couple of decades after the war.

Biden and López Obrador have both stressed the importance of developing northern Central America and southern Mexico to address migration. The Mexican president said Biden repeated his proposal to destine $4 billion for that purpose in the region.

“We recognize that is a good move to have taken this decision,” he said.