(TheRedWire.com) – President Joe Biden on Monday met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City. The discussions between the two men greatly focused on regional migration and the smuggling of drugs in the area.
This was Biden’s first visit to Latin America during his time as President. In part, this visit was meant to work towards creating closer economic ties with Lopez Obrador as well as greater security. Biden was welcomed to the presidential palace as part of the visit.
On Monday and Tuesday, Biden was set to have a number of meetings with not only Lopez Obrador but also Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The three were to have one-on-one meetings as well as meetings where all three would be present at the same time. The summit has been dubbed the “Three Amigos” summit.
Outside of drug smuggling and immigration, the three are also set to discuss trade and environmental issues. However, for Biden, the key issues remain the influx in immigration and drug trafficking across the border.
White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had previously told reporters that Biden is trying to go deep on a set of issues that he thinks are priorities for his administration. These include continuing close coordination on migration questions.
He added that they were also seeking to enhance cooperation regarding cracking down on fentanyl.
Lopez Obrador also joined Biden during the journey from the airport where he called for greater investments in the region which would provide more economic opportunities and would stop people from trying to flee from their native country.
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