The Latest: Mexico's Next Leader Delivers Plan to Pompeo

WASHINGTON – The Latest About Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Cabinet Delegation Meetings with Mexico City Officials (EDT All Time):

16:15

Mexican President-designate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has made a proposal to a high-level US delegation on how the two countries can work together in key areas of cooperation.

This is said by Marcelo Ebrard, whom Lopez Obrador has appointed as Foreign Minister after taking office on 1 December.

According to Ebrard, the proposal has four main pillars of the relationship: trade, development, security and migration. He adds that details will not be released until after it is in the hands of US President Donald Trump.

Ebrard describes the meeting between Lopez Obrador on Friday and US top officials, including Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, as "sincere, respectful and welcoming."

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3:30 in the afternoon.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated designated Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and said a visit by a high-level US delegation to the country was a sign of Washington's commitment to bilateral relations.

Pompeo met with Lopez Obrador in Mexico City on Friday afternoon, less than two weeks after his landslide.

Pompeo told the elected president that the presence of four senior US officials shows that "America appreciates our relationship with Mexico."

He acknowledged that "bumps were on the way between our two countries." But he added that President Donald Trump "is determined to make relations between our peoples better and stronger."

The delegation previously met with current President Enrique Pena Nieto and visited the US Embassy in Mexico City.

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14:50

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's office said he had asked a US delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, to reunite the separated migrant families on the border.

A statement by the Presidency states that he called for "a durable alternative that emphasizes the well-being and rights of minors".

The president expressed concern about a recent attack on a 92-year-old Mexican man who lives legally in California. The man was reportedly beaten by a woman with a brick and said, "Go back to your country."

Pena Nieto said that such incidents promote "a climate of hatred and racism that we need to avoid".

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12:45

A US delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Los Pinos, the official residence of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The motorcade rolled through the streets of Mexico to the residence and disappeared behind the security zone of the site.

The delegation will also meet with elected President Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-wing populist victorious on 1 July due to a landslide. The dramatic change in Mexican politics offers neighboring countries a chance to repair or exacerbate tense relations.

He will take office on 1 December.

Accompanied by Pompeo are President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor, Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Homeland Security Minister Kirstjen Nielsen.

They will meet with Foreign Minister Luis Videaray later this Friday afternoon.

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12:40

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads a cabinet-level delegation to Mexico after a local election that could give neighbors a chance to repair tense relations.

On Friday, Pompeo will join President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner, Minister of Finance Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO & -39) and Homeland Security Minister Kirsten (KEER & # 39; -sten) Nielsen.

Relations between the US and Mexico have deteriorated significantly under Trump, who has worked to build a border wall and repeatedly blamed Mexico for economic and social problems in the US.

After the landslide victory of the left Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the tension eased.

Both leaders made positive statements after a telephone call earlier this month. The wall was not mentioned.

Lopez Obrador will replace President Enrique Pena Nieto in December.

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