El Salvador supports Mexico’s proposal for a joint solution to control the migratory flow


The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, has indicated that he “accompanies” Mexico’s proposal, made by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to the United States for a joint solution to migration in Central America and the Caribbean.

“That we all contribute to be able to solve a problem that in the end belongs to everyone and that concerns us all (…) It is important to mention the Summit of the Americas and we believe that it is important that the issues be discussed in a comprehensive manner,” Bukele said during a joint press conference with the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

In this way, Bukele has indicated that policies must be carried out “with respect”. “We had a long and drawn-out conversation,” he added, pointing out that it was a “very productive” meeting, since there are some agreements they are going to work on, without specifying which ones.

For his part, López Obrador has highlighted the ties between the two nations, recalling the “Spanish occupation”. “Today we have challenges other than war. Now the challenges have to do with the fight against poverty, inequality, unemployment and marginalization,” he said.

“I have insisted that such solutions demand the joint effort of the three countries of this region, in addition to Mexico and the United States, the protagonist of the migratory phenomenon. And, consequently, it must be co-responsible for giving it a solution, modifying its migratory policies and helping combat the conditions that force millions to abandon their places of residence,” he explained.

The president of Mexico traveled to El Salvador this Friday to meet with his Salvadoran counterpart to discuss issues such as migration, the fight against drug trafficking and some agricultural projects, according to the newspaper ‘La Prensa Gráfica’.

López Obrador indicated this week before starting his tour of Central America and the Caribbean that he intends to control the migratory flow and requested the extension of work visas in the United States.

The Mexican president held the first meeting of his tour at the Guatemalan National Palace of Culture with his Guatemalan counterpart, Alejandro Giammattei Falla. After that, he assured that there are interests of political and economic groups that are the ones that have influence and “take advantage of an exclusionary policy” of punishments, blockades and discrimination against migrants, according to ‘El Universal’.

Thus, he pointed out that, in his opinion, an orderly migratory flow can be achieved, and for this, he requested an extension of temporary work visas in the United States. “Of course it has to be an orderly flow, but we can do it,” he stressed.

The presidents of the United States and Mexico, Joe Biden and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, respectively, held a virtual conversation to address a series of issues of common interest, such as cooperation on migration.

Both agreed to enhance their collaboration to “reduce irregular migration and advance a shared goal of improving their ability to manage their borders in support of humanitarian and security objectives,” the US side said in a statement.

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