“There are positions in which Mexico is not willing to concede a millimeter,” said the secretary who struck the wall as an “absolutely unacceptable” measure; However, Videgaray did show the willingness of the Mexican Government to dialogue with its northern neighbor to achieve a positive and mutually beneficial relationship.
Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray reiterated after a brief meeting with his American counterpart, Rex Tillerson, that his country is not going to move “a millimeter” in its refusal to finance the wall announced by Donald Trump at the border.
Videgaray made the remarks during his participation in the meeting of foreign ministers of the G20, held between yesterday and today in Bonn (western Germany).
However, Videgaray did show the willingness of the Mexican Government to dialogue with its northern neighbor to achieve a positive and mutually beneficial relationship.
There are between Washington and Mexico “public and notorious differences” that governments have not yet been able to resolve and “positions in which Mexico is not willing to concede a millimeter,” Videgaray said.
These issues range from the refusal to pay that physical barrier between both countries – something the secretary called “absolutely unacceptable” – to the violation of the rights of Mexican nationals in the United States.
On the wall, Videgaray said that it is a “non-friendly gesture”, as well as an “inadequate idea” that “can hardly” contribute to solving the problem that Washington wants to face.
However, he acknowledged that the United States is sovereign to decide how it protects its borders.
“There are some elements that are fundamental for us,” stressed the Foreign Secretary, who added that “at the same time there are many aspects” of the bilateral relationship that can be “improved”, but “jointly, not through The confrontation. ”
The presidents of both countries, Donald Trump, and Enrique Peña Nieto, agreed at the time to maintain a relationship “positive” and “beneficial for both parties,” recalled Videgaray in this regard.
In this context, the contacts that are being maintained in the last days between both governments, as well as the meeting that Tillerson and Videgaray will be celebrating next Thursday in Mexico D.F.
From this quote concrete results are not expected, but rather progress in “close”, “constructive” and “mutual respect” for “national sovereignty” on the “complex” bilateral agenda of two neighboring countries with a “deep relationship”.
Videgaray acknowledged that in all the meetings he had with his G20 colleagues he came out to reduce the tensions of his country with the US since Trump’s arrival in the White House.
The rest of the nations are also looking forward to the possible impact that these tensions may have on trade relations, something that Videgaray tried to reassure his counterparts in Bonn, highlighting the mutual goal of maintaining a “constructive dialogue”.