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Blinken arrives in Mexico to tackle the fentanyl and migration crisis


The US Secretary of State will be visiting Mexico for a couple of days
The US Secretary of State will be visiting Mexico for a couple of days

He United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, He arrived in Mexico this Wednesday for a two-day visit in which he will meet with the country’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and other Mexican authorities to stop the fentanyl and migration crisis.

The plane of the head of American diplomacy landed around 4:45 p.m. local time (22:45 GMT) at the Felipe Ángeles Airport, on the outskirts of Mexico City, one of the emblematic infrastructure works of the López Obrador Government.

Blinken will hold a meeting on migration with the Mexican Foreign Minister this Wednesday, Alicia Barcena, in which the Foreign Ministers of Colombia, Álvaro Leyva; and from Panama, Janaina Tewaney.

Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena, with whom Blinken will meet.  Archive image.  EFE/José Méndez
Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena, with whom Blinken will meet. Archive image. EFE/José Méndez

On Thursday, the High Level Dialogue on Security between the Mexican Government and the American one, where drug and arms trafficking, as well as migration, will be on the table.

At the conclusion, Blinken and Bárcena are expected to offer a press conference, and later the Secretary of State will end his visit with a meeting with López Obrador at the National Palace.

The Administration of the American President, Joe Bidenwants Mexico extradite more drug traffickers and dismantle more clandestine fentanyl laboratoriesa powerful synthetic opioid that has caused record numbers of overdose deaths in the United States.

  Blinken will offer a press conference after his meetings in Mexico EFE/EPA/WILL OLIVER
Blinken will offer a press conference after his meetings in Mexico EFE/EPA/WILL OLIVER

In addition, the visit takes place after the US border patrol arrested the largest number of undocumented immigrants so far this year in August.

Blinken is accompanied by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas; the attorney general, Merrick Garland; and White House Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall.

Also traveling are the head of the State Department for Latin America, Brian Nichols, as well as the anti-narcotics head of the same department, Todd Robinson.

*With information from EFE



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