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Presidents of Mexico, US to meet at G20

Tensions between Presidents of US and Mexico over proposed border wall - AP

Tensions between Presidents of US and Mexico over proposed border wall - AP

30/06/2017 08:11

(Vatican Radio) The Presidents of Mexico and the United States, have an opportunity to repair badly frayed bi-lateral relations, after an almost six months hiatus.  James Blears reports they`ll be meeting at the G20 Summit in Germany in the coming week.

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The Mexican Foreign Ministry confirms Presidents Enrique Pena Nieto and Donald Trump will meet at G20 in the coming week.  President Pena Nieto abruptly cancelled a State visit to Washington in January, after President Trump demanded that Mexico must pay for a Border Wall.  US officials then intimated it could be funded by placing tariffs on all Mexicans imports to the United States.  That seems to have been shelved, as it would have made talks about amending the North American Free Trade Agreement  pointless and redundant.  The Nafta negotiations are due to start in August.  President Trump is insisting the US must get a significantly better deal,  and the billions of  dollars trade surplus in Mexico`s favor must be drastically reduced, or he`ll scrap the deal.

Mexico is now seeking a free trade agreement with China. 

30/06/2017 08:11