Mexico may consider U.S. ‘safe third country’ demand after 45 days


Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard gestures during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Luis Cortes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s government will consider legislation to accommodate U.S. demands to make Mexico a so-called safe third country for asylum seekers if it cannot stem migration flows in 45 days, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

Ebrard said Mexico had agreed to consider a change in its legislation during talks with U.S. officials last week to avert the threat of U.S. tariffs on Mexican goods.

Mexico had resisted U.S. demands to become a safe third country, which would oblige migrants to seek asylum in Mexico if they passed through the country on the way to the United States.

Reporting by Noe Torres; Editing by Dave Graham

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