Mexico announces that it will call a meeting on migration with about 10 countries


(CNN) – The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced that he will invite the governments of about 10 countries to a meeting in Mexico City to discuss the increase in migratory flows and present them with a proposal. The president made the announcement during a press conference this Wednesday.

“We have to prevent migratory flows from increasing because the risks are greater,” said López Obrador.

Now, the president did not go into details about the proposal and did not name the countries that will be invited to the meeting, but he did say that it will include nations from the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Families of migrants cross the Suchiate River, between Guatemala and Mexico, on improvised rafts to approach the United States.

The announcement comes after Mexican authorities last week pledged to help combat the recent surge of migrants at the southern border of the United States. Mexico agreed to increase deportations, interception and negotiations with governments of countries such as Venezuela, Brazil, Nicaragua, Colombia and Cuba.

Mexico’s promise appears to be slowing the flow of migrants in El Paso, where a source told CNN that encounters with migrants were down about 30% from Saturday to Monday, CNN previously reported. And in San Diego, the United States Customs and Border Protection reported this Wednesday that the agency increased simultaneous operations with its Mexican counterparts, in which Mexico also committed to participate.

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