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Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2022. 1:42 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: This afternoon, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Prime Minister John Briceño will briefly address reporters in Belize City after high-level talks with the Government during his visit to the Jewel.

President López Obrador arrived just afternoon and was met by Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Courtenay; Ambassador Amalia Mai, the CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and His Excellency Oscar Arnold, Belize’s Ambassador to Mexico. According to the official schedule, they headed directly to the Laing Building in Belize City to get straight to diplomatic talks.

The visit comes as Exercise Tradewinds 2022, which both countries are jointly hosting, opened this morning at Price Barracks, Ladyville, with an address from the Prime Minister.

Exercise Tradewinds is a joint security force and interagency exercise sponsored by the United States Southern Command. This initiative focuses on the interoperability between security forces and partner agencies to counter transnational crimes and promotes regional security and stability against threats and natural disasters. It will also further enhance the participating nations’ ability to conduct joint humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.

In addition to regional participants from the Caribbean, there are representatives from Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Belize is also pursuing a full-scale trade agreement with Mexico, supporting particularly the cattle industry, and hopes to draw tourism dollars beyond the Commercial Free Zone to Corozal, Orange Walk and elsewhere.

We’ll have more as it happens.

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