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Mexico tightens visa rules for certain foreigners who make a stopover in the country

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government reported on Saturday, on the eve of hosting a summit on migration with several countries in the region, that all foreigners from countries that need a visa to enter Mexico must also carry one even if they only want to do so. stopover at Mexican airports as part of their transit to other destinations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated in a statement that these people must have the corresponding visa “before departure in their country of origin to be able to board any flight to Mexico.”

The measure announced by Mexico, which will affect nationals of the main countries that send migrants from Latin America, Africa and Asia, will come into force on Sunday, just when the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will meet in the south of the country with their counterparts from Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela to seek strategies to stop the migratory flow through the region.

Representatives from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador will also be present at the summit, which will take place in Palenque, Chiapas – a state bordering Guatemala.

The imposition of visas has been one of the ways to try to stop the flow of migrants to the United States for years, but although there have been specific decreases, the number of migrants has not stopped growing.

So far this year, more than 420,000 people have crossed the Darién jungle, the irregular crossing that connects Colombia with Panama, and US authorities have intercepted more than two million migrants in the last year.

The Palenque summit comes two weeks after a high-level meeting between US and Mexican authorities, and as both countries are stepping up deportations.

Washington resumed direct deportations to Cuba in April, and to Venezuela this week. For her part, Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena said on Tuesday in the Senate that repatriations to Cuba and Honduras had already been intensified, and would also be carried out to Venezuela, one of the reasons why she visited Caracas on Monday.

According to their data, 60,000 Venezuelans entered Mexico in September, making it “impossible for us to do good management,” Bárcena added.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Díaz-Canel, two of the leaders who will be in Mexico on Sunday, were not invited by the United States last year to the Summit of the Americas held in Los Angeles also to talk about migration. which López Obrador did not attend as a sign of protest for not including them. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was not summoned to that meeting either.

Nicaragua is also not on the guest list mentioned by the Mexican government.

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