Joint Statement by President Biden and President Lopez Obrador

The United States and Mexico underscore our broad and deep cooperation and commitment to building a more prosperous and secure future for the peoples of North America. As we face unprecedented global and regional challenges that require the concerted efforts of both our countries, we stand for democracy, inclusive growth, transparency, the rule of law, and human rights as core values ​​that underpin our common security and prosperity.

The United States and Mexico, along with Canada, are an economic powerhouse. The basis for North America’s competitiveness is the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and we reaffirm our commitment to fully implement it for the benefit of working families, including by fully upholding its labor provisions and actively cooperating with private sector stakeholders and civil society. By actively coordinating our economic policies, we will make our supply chains more resilient and expand production in North America. Looking forward to working on this issue and other related issues in 10The tenth The North American Leaders Summit (NALS), which will be held in Mexico at the end of the year.

Increasing inflation affects the well-being of households in both countries, and requires strong, immediate and concerted action. That is why we are committed to the joint fight against inflation by accelerating the facilitation of bilateral trade and reducing trade costs. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement promotes the free flow of goods without barriers, fostering innovation that boosts productivity and increases resilience, and helps both countries combat inflation and support households. As part of a joint effort to improve food security, Mexico plans to purchase up to 20,000 tons of milk powder from the United States to help Mexican families in rural and urban communities. In addition, Mexico will buy up to 1 million tons of fertilizer (ammonium sulfate) from the United States to distribute to subsistence farmers and continue buying animal feed to help small producers.

More flexible, efficient and secure borders will enhance our common trade. We are committed as never before to completing a joint multi-year effort to modernize the US-Mexico border infrastructure for projects along the 2,000-mile border. The joint effort seeks to align priorities, unite frontier communities, and make the flow of trade and people safer and more efficient. President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act includes $3.4 billion to implement 26 massive construction and modernization projects at land ports of entry on the northern and southern borders. These land port modernization projects will create well-paid local jobs, enhance safety and security, and make the economy more resilient to supply chain challenges – all while serving as models for sustainability and innovation. Mexico has committed to investing $1.5 billion in border infrastructure between 2022 and 2024.

The upcoming US-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) in September will focus on strengthening mechanisms to create safer and more efficient corridors for trade and commerce, and fostering an environment that encourages investment to help create more and better jobs for our peoples in both countries. . We affirm our efforts to create a more inclusive workforce that is better educated, more competitive and better trained to meet the needs of 21Street century economy. We reaffirm our commitment to conducting outreach to understand stakeholder considerations for increased investment and supply chain resilience, specifically in strategic sectors such as semiconductors and information and communication technologies. We will focus our development efforts on climate solutions and the development of southern Mexico, with its enormous human potential and important opportunities for trade, conservation, and clean energy.

In the face of the common challenges of climate change, we are resolved to promote a business environment that offers greener and cleaner North America, while recognizing the importance of investing in and promoting renewable energy sources. We are committed to tackling methane emissions from the oil, gas and other sectors, accelerating the transition to zero-emission vehicles, deepening our efforts to seek nature-based solutions, and enabling our two countries to become global leaders in clean energies and action to combat climate change. To support the Global Methane Pledge and the Global Methane Pledge Energy Pathway, Mexico and Pemex, in collaboration with the United States, will develop an implementation plan to eliminate routine gas flaring and venting across onshore and offshore oil and gas operations and identify priority projects for investment.

Through the Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health and Safe Communities, we reaffirmed our commitment to working together to address key security issues affecting our nations, including the challenges of fentanyl, arms smuggling, human smuggling, and reducing levels of drug abuse. and addiction. We are committed to deepening our cooperation to combat transnational criminal organizations that are fomenting violence in both our countries. We reaffirmed strong operational efforts among law enforcement agencies to address these superior security efforts. We have pledged to establish a US-Mexico operational task force to disrupt the flow of fentanyl into our country.

Building on the commitments made at the Summit of the Americas and made by 21 countries in the hemisphere pursuant to the Los Angeles Declaration on Immigration and Protection, we are taking immediate and coordinated steps to manage migrant flows into our countries. We have joined efforts to address the underlying economic and security drivers of migration, and recognizing that development must be at the heart of all migration policies, we will accelerate and expand international cooperation programs focused on the most marginalized communities. At the same time, we will maintain strong border enforcement policies while ensuring the full protection of human rights.

The United States and Mexico reaffirmed our commitment to launch a bilateral working group on labor migration pathways and labor protection. We will work to further strengthen worker protections as part of a labor mobility strategy for migrant workers seeking access to legal pathways. Mexico and the United States will also convene a working group to strengthen our cross-border response to child migration, a phenomenon that has greatly affected our two countries and puts young people at unnecessary risk. We also reaffirm our pledge to improve economic and social conditions across the region, create decent jobs as viable alternatives for potential immigrants, and help address the root causes of migration across the Americas.

The tragic deaths of immigrants at the hands of people smugglers in San Antonio reinforces our determination to go after the multibillion-dollar criminal smuggling industry that encroaches on immigrants and increase our efforts to address the root causes of immigration. The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and the Mexican Attorney General’s Office have coordinated the arrest and prosecution of those who endanger the lives of vulnerable immigrants, including through the work of Combined Task Force Alpha and its Mexican partners. This year, our country will celebrate 200 years of official diplomatic relations. As neighbours, friends and family, we are united as two nations that share one future.

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