Mexico wants the US invest more than 10 billion in Central America

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Mexico wants the US invest more than 10 billion in Central America The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, speaks during a press conference in Mexico City (Mexico). EFE / Archive

 Washington, .- The Chancellor of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, revealed today that his Government wants the US invest more than 10 billion dollars in the so-called “Marshall Plan” for the development of the Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala).

Ebrard made that announcement in Washington after a meeting with the deputy secretary of the State Department, John Sullivan, with whom he talked about the Integral Development Plan, presented Monday in Mexico by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ( Cepal).

That program was born without the presence of a particularly relevant actor: the United States, which in December undertook to invest more than 10 billion dollars in southern Mexico and the Northern Triangle.
Asked by the press about that number, Ebrard said: “We would look for a larger sum if we can, but I do not say it right now because I am capable of increasing resistance.”

The chancellor will meet tomorrow Friday at the White House with the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, in charge of immigration policy; as well as with Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump and with whom the former Mexican chancellor, Luis Videgaray, maintained a close relationship.

Ebrard said that after the meeting, he will have a better idea of ​​how Washington plans to contribute to the ambitious development plan for Central America.

At first, it was expected that today Ebrard would be seen in the State Department with his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo; But he had to cancel the meeting to attend Trump, so the Mexican chancellor ended up talking with Sullivan, the “number two” of US diplomacy.

“We had,” explained Ebrard, “a very useful and very interesting meeting, and we have presented in essence what the Mexican strategy would be with respect to the Northern Triangle, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.”

“We start from the base that the migratory flow is growing and growing very much, it is a fact and a response that can be effective is required, which will imply having a possibility for the people who live there,” added the foreign minister. He attended the meeting with the Ambassador of Mexico in Washington, Martha Bárcena.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has admitted that he has yet to “persuade” Washington to collaborate in the implementation of the ECLAC development plan.

The objective of this program is to attack the causes that force thousands of Central Americans to emigrate to the United States. and, specifically, seeks to attract multimillion-dollar investments that generate employment (EFEUSA)

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