Unlike his Republican predecessor Mike Pompeo, who had continued to travel the world despite the epidemic, the new US foreign minister Antony Blinken, although already vaccinated against Covid, decided to abide by the government rule banning all non-essential travel. However and to start the work, it will inaugurate this Friday a new format: the virtual “trip” abroad. First stop, Mexico. Thus, Antony Blinken will visit – virtually – at the border, between El Paso (Texas) and Ciudad Juarez. There, he will discuss with the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, the “cooperation” to “manage migratory flows”, according to the American State Department, which speaks, him, in a press release of “virtual trip” (virtual trips ). The head of diplomacy will also “visit” the entry point from Paso Del Norte.
Second stage, on the same day and a few thousand kilometers further north, in Canada. Antony Blinken will “meet” by videoconference Justin Trudeau, as well as its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marc Garneau. And this, a few days after Joe Biden’s virtual bilateral “summit” – his first as President – with the Canadian Prime Minister.
“Together (with Canada and Mexico, editor’s note), we can make great strides in defeating the pandemic, increasing regional security and increasing prosperity of our citizens, ”said Antony Blinken on Twitter.