Mexico offers to negotiate on US National Guard's border deployment

06 April, 2018, 21:32 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

The ongoing talks on modernizing NAFTA have also strained ties between the two countries, as well as Canada, the third member of the agreement - though the three countries have recently indicated they are close to reaching a new deal. Trump reacted by threatening to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and also end foreign aid to Honduras, where numerous migrants originated, if the caravan was not stopped.

In a statement, the Mexican foreign ministry said the National Guard will only be assisting the Department of Homeland Security and that the troops will not have weapons or immigration and customs duties.

He mentioned all four candidates, including front runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, at whom he has levelled veiled criticism in the past, in part because Lopez Obrador has pledged to undo some of Pena Nieto's market-oriented reforms if elected. Trump's comments have thrust the countries' relationship into the center of Mexico's presidential campaign, where Pena Nieto's party is trailing.

"This great threat on the southern border of the United States that he says is there, does not exist", said the leftist Lopez Obrador, who has a double-digit lead in most polls.

"This anti-Mexican policy has worked politically because unfortunately there are conservative sectors in the United States with little information and he knows how to awaken an anti-Mexican sentiment, what's called xenophobia, which can be like racism, hatred of foreigners", Lopez Obrador said.

The country's Senate passed a resolution Wednesday calling on Mexico's government to suspend cooperation with the US on illegal immigration and drug trafficking in retaliation for Trump's move.


Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that "we will not accept the use of force, the militarization of the border".

If Trump were to deploy the military, we would manifest, white dressed, thousands of Mexicans along the 3, 185 kilometres of the border with the United States, affirmed the candidate of the coalition Together We Will Do History during a campaign event in Coahuila.

"You can not negotiate or cooperate with threats", he said.

"The presidential candidates, independently of their natural differences, all of them coincided in rejecting these measures that run counter to good relations between neighbors", Pena Nieto said in a broadcast message.

"As president of all Mexicans, I agree with (their) remarks", he said.

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