U.S. and Cuba to hold fresh round of migration talks this week
Oil output at Amazon blocks slumps after protests -Petroecuador
Mexican officials to hold meeting in U.S. on fentanyl, guns
April 10 (Reuters) – The latest in Latin American politics today:
Lula says will invite Xi to Brazil as China trip approaches
BRASILIA – Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he would invite his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to Brazil, speaking on the eve of his departure to the Asian country in a bid to tighten relations between the two countries.
The trip to China comes little more than two months after Lula met with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House, as Brasilia aims for a pragmatic foreign policy balancing ties with its top trading partners despite growing tensions between the two.
US and Cuba to hold fresh round of migration talks this week
WASHINGTON – The United States and Cuba will hold another round of migration talks on Wednesday, officials said, as the Biden administration braces for the end of COVID-19-era border restrictions that have blocked Cubans in recent months from crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.
The high-level meeting in Washington will follow one held in Havana in November and comes a year after the Biden administration resumed such conversations after a long hiatus under former President Donald Trump.
Oil production at Amazon blocks slumps after protests, Petroecuador says
QUITO – Ecuador’s state oil company, Petroecuador, said daily production at two of its blocks in the Amazon is down more than 50% after “vandalism” at the facilities, which have been subject to community protests.
The neighboring blocks in the Orellana province, along with three others, were subject to a force majeure declaration by the company last month as local communities demand economic support from Petroecuador.
Force majeure measures at one other block are expected to be lifted after a deal to finance housing project studies is inked.
Mexican officials to hold meeting in US on fentanyl, guns
MEXICO CITY – Members of Mexico’s security cabinet will be in the United States this week to meet with U.S. officials about the trafficking of synthetic opioid fentanyl and guns, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday. (Compiled by Steven Grattan and Sarah Morland; Editing by Bill Berkrot and Christopher Cushing)