November 24, 2018 / 10:05 PM / in 5 months

Mexico's incoming interior minister says no plan that Mexico assumes safe third country for asylum claimants

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his pick for Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero are seen during the Second Pacification and Reconciliation Forum, aimed at promoting peace in the country, in Mexico City, Mexico September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Violeta Schmidt/File Photo

(Reuters) - Mexican incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero on Saturday said that there was no plan for Mexico to be a safe third country for asylum claimants, following a report in the Washington Post of a deal with the Trump administration.

“The future government does not consider...that Mexico assumes the status of ‘safe third country’ for Central American migrants, or from other countries, who are on Mexican territory or for those who will reach it in the future,” Sanchez said in a statement.

Reporting by Delphine Schrank

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