By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) met with U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner to discuss the possible signing of a bilateral accord to invest $10 billion in southern Mexico and Central America, AMLO said Wednesday, March 20, during his daily morning press conference.
The president said that meeting took place one day earlier – the same day that López Obrador’s administration issued its bene placito (formal diplomatic approval) for U.S. veteran appellate lawyer Christopher Landau to serve as ambassador to Mexico – at the home of Televisa vice president Bernardo Gómez, who AMLO described as a “mutual friend.”
“Basically, we dealt with the issue of (joint) development cooperation, and about the possible signing of a bilateral agreement to guarantee investments in Central America and in Mexico on the order of about $10 billion to create jobs so that migration (from that area) will be optional, not by force as a consequence of a lack of (work) opportunities,” AMLO said.
About half of those proposed funds would be earmarked for Mexico, with the remaining monies going to projects in Central America, specifically, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the president said.
AMLO said that during the meeting, which was also attended by Foreign Relations Secretary (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard and U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Creamer, the issue of a possible lifting of U.S. tariffs was likewise discussed, as was the overall U.S.-Mexico binational relationship.