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US State secretary visits Mexico to restore ties

ANI  |  Mexico city [Mexico] 

US on Friday traveled to to hold talks with the country's Enrique Peña and president-elect to repair strained relations.

This is the first high-level meeting between the and incoming leader amid heightened tensions between the two neighbors, reports

According to the report, Peña said after meeting with the US that he had "expressed his concern about the policy of separation of migrant families implemented by the government" and asked the US delegation "for the rapid reunification of the families separated at the border."

"The will continue to work closely with Pena - with the across our broad range of shared agendas. This includes our economic relationship, border and security issues, and the common regional and global priorities that each of our two countries hold dear," Pompeo said.

"is an important and vital partner for regional and global challenges. As just one example, we're working together to help our partners in El Salvador, Guatemala, and reduce insecurity and violence, enhance their economic opportunity, and fight corruption in their countries. Progress in these areas will reduce the irregular migration that undermines the security of both the and Mexico," he added.

The US noted that "Our meetings today reaffirmed that and the are neighbors, partners, and friends."

Pompeo also met with Mexican during a joint press availability in

Pompeo's delegation included Steven Mnuchin, and Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's and senior adviser who has taken a lead role in US diplomacy with Mexico.

His visit comes when bilateral ties between the US and Mexico have plunged significantly under the leadership of Donald Trump, who campaigned on building a border wall and has repeatedly blamed Mexico for economic and social problems in the United States.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 07:32 IST