President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to reaffirm the vision they laid out in the November 2021 North American Leaders’ Summit of a North America that remains the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.
At a time of immense global challenges, from Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine to economic volatility, the Leaders pledged to work together across the breadth and depth of the relationship between our nations. President Biden and President López Obrador discussed how our countries can continue to advance our shared economic, climate, energy, and migration management goals in line with the High-Level Economic Dialogue, with a special focus on shoring up North American supply chains.
They discussed their visions for the Summit of the Americas and emphasized ongoing cooperation on development in Central America and southern Mexico, strengthening North American supply chains, and modernizing our shared border to further strengthen our agricultural and commercial trade. They also recognized the importance of joint efforts underway to fast-track the development and implementation of key infrastructure projects on both sides of the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border.
In view of the unprecedented flows of migrants from throughout the hemisphere to our two countries, the Presidents reiterated the need to build stronger tools for managing regional migration surges. To that end, they agreed to enhance our collaboration to support just, humane and effective efforts to reduce irregular migration and to advance our shared goal that countries throughout the region improve their ability to manage their borders in furtherance of humanitarian and security objectives. They discussed the importance of working together with countries throughout the hemisphere to ensure safe and sustainable livelihoods for their respective citizens and migrant populations, to advance our partnership to create jobs in Central America, and support efforts to expand legal pathways for migrants and refugees.
As President Biden and President López Obrador celebrate that December 12, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of official U.S.-Mexico diplomatic relations, they both recognized that our shared history and shared communities create the strong foundation for friendship and cooperation into the future. They looked forward to meeting again at the June Summit of the Americas.