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US, Mexico to Work Jointly in Central America to Address Root Causes of Migration

© REUTERS / ALLISON DINNERA shirt from a migrant hangs on razor wire at the U.S. border with Mexico in Calexico, California, U.S., April 8, 2021.
A shirt from a migrant hangs on razor wire at the U.S. border with Mexico in Calexico, California, U.S., April 8, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.06.2021
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States and Mexico have committed to a new partnership to address the root causes of irregular migration from Central America, US Vice President's senior adviser Symone Sanders said on Tuesday.

"To address root causes of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the United States joined Mexico in a new strategic partnership to share information and strategies and co-manage new programs to foster economic opportunity through agricultural development and youth empowerment," Sanders said in a press release.

The United States has also pledged to provide $130 million over the next three years to support Mexican workers' protections.

The White House said in a separate press release that the United States and Mexico also vowed to hold high-level talks to discuss trade and security matters of mutual interest. The two countries agreed to schedule a high-level meeting in September to discuss expanding bilateral trade cooperation and collaboration, including on supply chain resiliency.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a meeting with Guatemalan justice sector leaders at the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building May 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. In the meeting, Vice President Harris discussed “the importance of a just, transparent, and impartial legal system in Guatemala that allows Guatemalans to build a safer and better future.”  - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.06.2021
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Moreover, the release said the United States will aim to create $250 million in new investment and sales for the local economy in southern Mexico.

These commitments are part of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries earlier on Tuesday during Harris' trip to Mexico City to attend a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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