MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador described this Wednesday as successful the meeting his Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard had with the US government in Washington, where they discussed the progress made under the migration accord signed last June 7.
During his morning press conference, the Mexican president said the meeting on Tuesday in Washington “reached agreement” on the subject of migration, which is to keep developing a policy of “friendship” and “to put confrontation aside.”
He even thanked his US counterpart, Donald Trump, for his attitude of “respect” toward Mexico.
“There was an understanding that if we fulfill our part of the bargain, we can banish the risk and threat of unilateral tariffs being imposed on us,” Lopez Obrador said.
Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Ebrard met this Tuesday in the White House with a delegation led by US Vice President Mike Pence, and later spoke with President Trump to review the migration accord reached in June, thanks to which Washington withdrew its threat of tariffs on Mexico.
The agreement established a review period of 90 days, which ended this month, so that both parties could judge the effectiveness of the action Mexico was taking to stop the flood of migrants to the United States.
Though he added that he would provide more details this Thursday, Lopez Obrador said that the last meeting was “diametrically opposite” to the one the Mexican delegation had three months ago with the US vice president.
“On that occasion they weren’t rude, but they were very rigid,” he said.
The Mexican president said he has kept in contact with leaders of the Democratic and Republican Parties to discuss bilateral relations.
He also called on officials of the United States and Canadian governments to go forward with the ratification of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as T-MEC, which would replace the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
In September 2018, the United States, Canada and Mexico announced the T-MEC, a preliminary revised trade treaty focused on very free markets, but which the US Congress has yet to ratify.