November 15, 2018 / 1:31 AM / a month ago

U.S.'s Pompeo to meet incoming Mexican foreign minister on Thursday

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, November 11, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of States Mike Pompeo will hold talks with incoming Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in Houston on Thursday, according to the U.S. State Department.

The department did not say what the two would discuss, but last month when Pompeo met with the current Mexican foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, in Mexico City they discussed a caravan of Central American migrants moving toward the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called the migrants’ effort to seek asylum in the United States an “invasion” and has deployed the military to the border to reinforce security measures.

In the past few days up to 1,000 people from caravans of migrants have arrived in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, with a similar number expected to arrive in the next day or so.

Ebrard will take up his post when leftist President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sworn on Dec. 1. Lopez Obrador has signalled he hopes to repair bilateral ties damaged by Trump’s criticism of Mexico for failing to stop migration and his demands for a border wall paid for by Mexico.

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler

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