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Mexico welcomes US decision to open borders in November to fully vaccinated people

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday welcomed the United States’ decision to open its joint border in November to legal and fully vaccinated travelers after more than a year of pandemic restrictions, but added that the precise date was still under development.

“The opening of the northern border has been achieved, we will return to normalcy on our northern border,” López Obrador said during his daily morning press conference.

US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said earlier that the US borders with Canada and Mexico would reopen in November for fully vaccinated travelers after being closed to non-essential crossings since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

A National Guard stands guard in front of a fence along the Rio Grande near the International Bridge on September 17, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas.Eric Gay / AP file

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the reopening of the border would coincide with a push to reactivate economic activities in the border region, where Mexico has made a broad effort to align vaccination rates with those of states -United.

He said the high-level bilateral economic meetings to be held in November will focus on the border region. Further meetings will be held in the coming days to work out the details of the reopening.

Ebrard said Mexico has pushed Washington strongly to reopen the border, including making proposals during a visit by US Vice President Kamala Harris.

The United States “has accepted many of the proposals that we have made along the way to get there,” Ebrard said, without giving details.

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