US Pompeo to meet with Mexico’s FM to discuss immigration, trade

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Sunday to discuss migration and trade, amid heightened bilateral tension ahead of a deadline on a deal that removed tariff threats on Mexican exports.

Under the June agreement with the United States, Mexico averted punitive tariffs on U.S.-bound Mexican shipments threatened by President Donald Trump by promising to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Central America by July 22.

The meeting in Mexico City between Pompeo and Ebrard comes a day before the end of the 45-day period expires and as U.S lawmakers wrangle over a regional trade deal meant replace the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

If the United States deems that Mexico has not done enough to thwart migrants, the two countries are due to begin talks over changing rules to make most asylum seekers apply for refuge in Mexico, not the United States.