The Latest: Mexico’s president asks US to reunite families

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Cabinet-level delegation’s meetings with officials in Mexico City (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office says he asked a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to quickly reunite migrant families separated at the border.

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White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, arrive at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, Friday, July 13, 2018. Kushner and Nielsen are part of a Cabinet-level delegation accompanying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his visit to Mexico on the heels of their sea-change election that could offer a chance for the neighbors to repair strained relations. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

A statement from the presidency says he called for “a permanent alternative that prioritizes the well-being and rights of minors.”

It adds that the president expressed concern over a recent attack on a 92-year-old Mexican man legally residing in California. The man was reportedly beaten by a woman with a brick and told “go back to your country.”

Pena Nieto said such incidents “encourage a climate of hate and racism that we must avoid.”

He also emphasized his government’s willingness to continue renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with a goal of reaching a deal “as quickly as possible.”

The president met Friday at his official residence with the delegation, which also included President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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12:45 p.m.

A U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived at Los Pinos, the official residence of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The motorcade rolled through the streets of Mexico to the residence and disappeared behind the compound’s security perimeter.

The delegation is also scheduled to meet with President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist-populist who won by a landslide on July 1. The dramatic shift in Mexican politics offers the neighboring nations a chance to repair strained relations or make them worse.

He takes office Dec. 1.

Accompanying Pompeo on the trip are President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

They are to meet later Friday afternoon with Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray.

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12:40 a.m.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leading a Cabinet-level delegation to Mexico on the heels of a sea-change election there that could offer a chance for the neighbors to repair strained relations.

Joining Pompeo on Friday will be President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen (KEER’-sten) Nielsen.

U.S.-Mexico ties have deteriorated significantly under Trump, who campaigned on building a border wall and has repeatedly blamed Mexico for economic and social problems in the U.S.

However, following the landslide victory of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, tensions have eased.

Both leaders made positive statements following a telephone call earlier this month. The wall wasn’t mentioned.

Lopez Obrador will replace President Enrique Pena Nieto in December.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, July 12, 2018. Pompeo finishes a trip to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, July 12, 2018. Pompeo finishes a trip to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

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