US, Mexico Agree on Importance of Trade Despite Border Restrictions

WASHINGTON, MEXICO CITY—U.S. President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, agreed on Saturday on the importance of preserving bilateral trade and critical services, despite U.S.-Mexico border restrictions to fight the coronavirus, a White House spokesman said.

“The two leaders discussed the coronavirus pandemic and the close United States-Mexico cooperation on efforts to combat the virus,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere after the two leaders spoke by telephone.

“President Trump and President Lopez Obrador agreed on the importance of preserving trade and critical services, regardless of travel restrictions,” Deere said, referring to an agreement to limit movement across the United States-Mexico border to essential travel only.

Lopez Obrador took to Twitter to thank Trump for not closing the shared border and proposed speeding up implementation of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement in order to boost economic recovery in the countries.

Al Pueblo de México:

Hablé con el presidente Donald Trump; le transmití la solidaridad de México con el pueblo y el gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Agradecí su decisión de no cerrar la frontera. pic.twitter.com/EwFmqBnTpA

— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) March 21, 2020

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