Mexico’s next leader delivers plan to Pompeo


WASHINGTON: Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given a high-level US delegation a proposal for how the two countries can work together on key areas of cooperation.
That’s according to Marcelo Ebrard, whom Lopez Obrador has chosen to be foreign relations secretary after he takes office Dec. 1.
Ebrard says the proposal covers four main pillars of the relationship: commerce, development, security and migration. He adds that details will be made public only after it is in US President Donald Trump’s hands.
Ebrard describes Friday’s meeting between Lopez Obrador and top US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as “frank, respectful and cordial.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has congratulated Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and says a high-level US delegation’s visit to the country signals Washington’s commitment to the bilateral relationship.
Pompeo met with Lopez Obrador in Mexico City on Friday afternoon, less than two weeks after his landslide election.
Pompeo told the president-elect that the presence of four senior US officials shows that “America greatly values our relationship with Mexico.”
He acknowledged that “there have been bumps in the road between our two countries.” But he added that President Donald Trump “is determined to make the relationship between our peoples better and stronger.”
The delegation met earlier with current President Enrique Pena Nieto and visited the US Embassy in central Mexico City.