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Newsline: U.S. top diplomat seeks cooperation on migration at Panama summit

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday called for more regional cooperation to help communities strained by inflows of refugees and migrants, as he sought to rally Western Hemisphere nations to tackle record migration. Addressing foreign ministers from more than 20 nations on Wednesday at a hotel outside of Panama City, Blinken said more people were “on the move, forcibly displaced from their homes” than at any time since World War Two. “The only lasting, sustainable response to irregular migration is to tackle its root causes, but that takes time, and in the meantime many cities and towns simply don’t have the resources they need to provide for their own citizens, much less meet the needs of migrants,” Blinken said. (https://www.fxempire.com/news/article/u-s-top-diplomat-blinken-seeks-cooperation-on-migration-at-panama-summit-973730) Record numbers of migrants attempted to cross into the United States from Mexico in Joe Biden’s first year in office, piling political pressure on the Democratic president. Other countries in the region have taken in migrants from countries like Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti.

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