A few hours after the much-anticipated midterm elections in Mexico, two high level officers from the United States visited Mexico: Vice President Kamala Harris and Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Vice President Harris met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Beyond the warm and friendly nature of the meetings, some important topics were discussed, such as providing an economic boost to the shared region and the joint commitment to strengthen a sustainable and fair economic growth, particularly after the pandemic. It was agreed that both countries will leverage the USMCA’s mechanism to bring certainty and dynamism to the region’s economies. The two leaders agreed to strengthen various aspects of the bilateral relationship.
In regard to the visit from Secretary Mayorkas, the main topic of the agenda was the U.S.-Mexico border and Mexico’s request to reopen it, as it was closed over a year ago for the pandemic. A date has not yet been set for this purpose; however, Mexico’s Foreign Minister expressed that Mexico will improve the vaccination rate to reach the average of vaccinated persons in the United States. The complexity of the relationship between both countries is vast, as is the interdependency that unites both, and for this reason these high profile meetings allow the two countries to make significant advances to improve their respective economies, businesses, social and cultural activities, and mutual understanding.