U.S. staff led by Blinken to carry safety talks in Mexico on Friday

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WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will journey to Mexico City on Friday to steer a delegation for high-level safety talks between the neighboring international locations, the White House mentioned on Monday.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and different officers will accompany Blinken to participate within the Biden administration’s first U.S.-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue.

The White House mentioned the talks would “build on discussions in previous months on protecting our people, preventing transborder crime, and pursuing criminal networks, while promoting human rights and the rule of law.”

Talks come as migration points proceed to rankle each North American international locations, which share a 1,960-mile (3,155-km) border.

Most just lately, hundreds of Haitian migrants shaped a big impromptu border camp on the Mexican-U.S. border. Some have been flown again to Haiti, whereas others are ready to have their circumstances for asylum heard within the United States or stay scattered throughout Latin America searching for refuge.

But the 2 international locations even have a broader relationship, with the United States performing because the main provider of navy tools to Mexico and taking particular curiosity within the international locations anti-drug initiatives.

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien and Sandra Maler

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaks in the Benjamin Franklin room at the State Department, during a virtual meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who is in Mexico City, in Washington, U.S. February 26, 2021. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pool via REUTERS