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Mexico foreign minister urges U.S. to keep border open for trade, work

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Deputy Foreign Minister for North America Jesus Seade (not pictured) hold a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Thursday that he held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and proposed that the two countries keep their shared border open for commerce and work, even as they seek to combat the coronavirus.

Writing on Twitter, Ebrard said he had proposed that the measures the countries took to fight coronavirus “do not paralyse economic activity” and that his suggestions had been met with a “good disposition”.

Reporting by Dave Graham; editing by Drazen Jorgic