Mexico’s government announced it would help Honduras create 20,000 jobs by the end of the year and support its coffee farmers as the two countries seek to curb migration to the United States that has created tensions with US President Donald Trump.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorand his Honduran counterpart, Juan Orlando Hernandez, pledged on Saturdayto work together to lift prosperity in Central America, where poverty and violence have fuelled an exodus of people north.
That migration has angered Mr Trump, who has made border security a priority, and issued economic threats against Mexico and Central America if more is not done to contain the flows.
Mr Hernandez said he was hoping a “great international coalition for mass job creation” in Central America could be forged, while Mr Lopez Obrador stressed that Mexico would support the region with funds and employment schemes.
Mr Lopez Obrador said Mexico would assist Honduran coffee farmers, whose businesses have suffered this year from a drop in international prices.“We’ll help improve coffee production in whatever is needed,” he said, “so you have no problem selling coffee.”
Mr Lopez Obrador said schemes he has championed in Mexico to create jobs via youth apprenticeships and tree planting would come to Honduras too.There has been a surge this year in migrant apprehensions on the US southern border with Mexico. Most of the people caught trying to enter the United States illegally come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.