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Top US, Mexico diplomats meet in Washington amid migrant crisis

AFP  |  Washington 

Mexico's new met with US on Sunday for what he called a "friendly" meeting amid tensions over the migrant crisis at the border.

The talks came one day after took office as Mexico's new

"Friendly conversation as a first approach towards a long standing understanding between and the USA," said on

"I thank him for his attitude and respect towards the new administration of "

Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO for short, is a leftist who was sworn in on Saturday, five months after a landslide election win.

On Sunday, and discussed a "shared commitment to address our common challenges and opportunities for the future," according to State Department

The two countries are grappling with how to handle the thousands of Central American migrants who are camped at the common border -- in the short and long terms.

is pressuring to accept a deal to keep asylum-seeking migrants in while their claims are processed in the

Last week, Ebrard said he would like to see a sort of "Plan" to foster development in El Salvador, and Honduras, akin to what the did to help rebuild after World War II.

Ebrard said such a plan would help shrink the number of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries and heading to the

On Sunday, officials in the Mexican border city of shut down a makeshift shelter in a sports complex housing migrants, citing unsanitary conditions, and moved them to a different facility.

Of the original 6,000 migrants who had massed in the city, only about 2,000 went to the new center, a city told AFP.

Cold temperatures and driving rain made conditions in the open-air shelter too difficult.

Another 500 remained near the original site, fearing the move was a precursor to being deported, and were sleeping in the streets, the said.

The whereabouts of the rest were not known.

The migrants, most of them from gang-plagued Honduras, had travelled for weeks hoping to reach the United States.

A week ago, US authorities fired tear gas and at about 500 migrants including women and children who had tried to breach the US-border.

The confrontation prompted hundreds of migrants to either head home or seek to remain in Mexico.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 12:15 IST