Published: Wed, June 12, 2019

Mexican Ambassador says United States and Mexico will 'work together'

Mexican Ambassador says United States and Mexico will 'work together'

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the United States has been asking about getting for many years". 'The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.

"Without the tariffs, we would have had nothing", he said, before blasting The New York Times, which reported that Mexico had agreed to the terms of the deal weeks ago. 'This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States'.

While there is still no word on exactly when the Mexican National Guard will reach this river crossing, Mexico has 45 days to prove it can reduce the flow of migrants to the US or be forced to negotiate again.

But Mexico faces huge pressure to deliver immediate results at the US-Mexican border. "And yet we charge them very little for French wine", Trump said in an interview with CNBC anchors on Monday after last week's Normandy trip.

Part of the agreement requires approval by the Mexican Congress... He did not offer more details. That's the difference. They couldn't get it'. "I'm going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time", he said as he was leaving the White House to travel to a campaign event in Iowa.

US stocks were higher on Monday after the deal, easing worries about the impact of another trade war on the global economy. The Mexican peso was up more than 2% against the dollar but major risks remain for the currency.

Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard gestures as Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico June 10, 2019.


He said that if migration is not slowed, the two countries would discuss other options.

Washington wants Mexico to be declared a safe third country in which asylum seekers would have to seek safe harbor instead of the United States, a demand Mexico has rejected in the past. Migrants from African countries regularly fly to Brazil before making the arduous journey north. "And that was a big victory for us", he said. "I just give you my word". Officials from those countries did not immediately respond to Ebrard's comments.

Still, he said Mexico's interests are aligned with those of the USA and that it's "doing real things" and policing its borders. Trump, who has called the surge in migrants an "invasion", had threatened to keep raising duties up to 25% unless Mexico did more to curb it.

Any potential U.S. measure targeting French wine would in fact have to target the European Union, though, as the bloc is a common trade area. Still, Martha Barcena, Mexico's ambassador to Washington, told CBS News at the weekend there had been discussion of reducing the numbers to levels of around 2018.

Trump resumed his pressure on Mexico in a series of tweets, three days after granting a reprieve from tariffs that could have spelled disaster for the country's economy - his strategy to get the Mexican government to do more to stop the surge of Central Americans arriving at the United States border.

Trump announced on May 30 that a 5 per cent tariff on all Mexican imports to the US would go into effect on June 10 and eventually increase to as much as 25 per cent by October.

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