Pompeo To Meet New Mexican Counterpart Over Border Issues

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet his counterpart from Mexico’s new government Sunday for talks over a possible deal that would see asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their claims are processed, officials said on Tuesday.

The government of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be sworn in Saturday, with Marcelo Ebrard as the new foreign minister.

Ebrard already met Pompeo and US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in Houston earlier this month.

Since then, Obrador officials have reportedly reached an agreement with the US for asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their applications are processed in the United States.

President Donald Trump has confirmed the outlines of the agreement, without specifying if it has been formally concluded.

“Those conversations continue. We won’t have a final decision until the new government takes over, which will happen on Saturday,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo and Ebrard would meet in Washington on Sunday.

On Monday, Ebrard is due to meet with Nielsen and other administration officials, Sanders said.

A caravan of thousands of migrants, made up largely of Hondurans who fled Central America in mid-October, has in recent days started to arrive at the US frontier.

Around 500 men, women and children tried on Sunday to illegally cross the border between Tijuana and San Diego.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that the Trump administration gained support from the incoming Mexican administration for a plan to require asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their applications to be processed.

But after that report was met by stiff criticism in Mexico, incoming administration officials said that the agreement was not yet final.

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