November 27, 2018 / 7:11 PM / 5 months ago

Top U.S. and Mexican diplomats to meet on border issues next week: White House

A migrant woman, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, covers her tent with a blanket in a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with the incoming foreign minister of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, on Sunday as the two nations work toward a deal to keep asylum seekers in Mexico while their claims are considered, top White House officials said on Tuesday.

“They will have a full conversation about all the issues in connection with the border,” White House national security adviser John Bolton told reporters at the White House about the planned meeting between Pompeo and Ebrard.

That conversation will be followed up with talks on Monday between Ebrard and other Trump administration officials, including the U.S. homeland security chief, aimed at finalizing an agreement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

“Those conversations continue,” she said when asked how far talks between the two nations had advanced. “We won’t have a final decision until the new government actually takes over.”

Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office on Saturday.

“We expect the new foreign minister from Mexico to meet and sit down with White House administration officials, and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and continue and try to finalize those conversations,” Sanders said.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Tim Ahmann, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien and Phil Berlowitz

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