Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador hosts U.S. President Joe Biden for talks Monday in Mexico City ahead of a regional summit that will include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Migration, climate change, trade and manufacturing are among the major topics on the agenda.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that with his visit, the first to Mexico since becoming president, Biden expects to “promote a common vision for North America.”
Jean-Pierre said Biden would be making announcements about expanding cooperation to combat trafficking of arms, drugs and humans, as well as addressing environmental challenges and steps to “jointly address irregular migration in the region.”
Ahead of the Tuesday summit, Biden, Trudeau and Lopez Obrador are participating in a dinner along with their spouses.
Biden arrived late Sunday in Mexico after visiting the Texas city of El Paso for a firsthand look at the influx of thousands of undocumented migrants crossing the border with Mexico.
U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan, speaking to reporters Monday, said Mexico and the U.S. government will continue close coordination on migration issues, adding that the meeting will include “a lot of other issues.”
“Yesterday, [President Biden] had the opportunity to ride with President Lopez Obrador from the airport back into town, which gave them the chance to just have a one-on-one chat of how they’re seeing the world right now, what’s on their minds. I think they both got a lot out of it,” Sullivan said.
Earlier, during the president’s roughly four-hour visit to the border city, Biden stopped at the Bridge of the Americas port of entry, where he met with Customs and Border Protection officers and watched as they demonstrated how they search vehicles at the border for drugs, money and other contraband.