Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) defined a meeting at the National Palace with five U.S. Republican and Democrat senators on Monday, July 5, as “cordial and friendly.”

According to a tweet sent out by the president Monday night, during the roughly one-hour meet, he and the senators discussed a series of bilateral issues, including the now-long-delayed reopening of the border, bilateral trade, migration and vaccine rollouts.

On Tuesday, July 6, during his morning press conference, AMLO also said that the group discussed how to make the North American trade corridor more competitive in the global market and how better to integrate the region “so that it does not lag behind in the face of the evident and notorious advance of Asia.”

The visiting U.S. legislative delegation was composed of Democratic Senators Tim Kaine and Ben Ray Luján, and Republican Senators Rob Portman, John Hoeven and Mike Crapo, as well as the acting Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, John Creamer.

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