Mexico talks: Agreement to avoid tariffs reached, says Trump

Mexico's Foreign Minister Ebrard speaks to reporters after U.S.-Mexico talks at State Department in Washington

The United States and Mexico struck a deal on Friday to avert a tariff war, albeit one that fell short of some of the dramatic overhauls demanded by the Trump administration. "The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", he said on Twitter.

Mexico has also agreed to take "unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration", including the deployment of the Mexican National Guard throughout the country, especially on its southern border with Guatemala.

And Mexico is taking "decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks", the State Department said.

Under the deal, Mexico acknowledged and agreed to expand its policy of taking back migrants from violence-riven Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as the U.S. processes their asylum claims.

An official stressed, though, that Mexico had agreed to do more now than they have in the past.

Initially, Mexican officials blasted Trump's move and promised to retaliate, but now President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says that his cabinet will "celebrate" the agreement reached with Washington.

However, Mexico already agreed to that during secret talks in March.

The tariffs, announced by the Trump administration last week after weeks of threats from the president to implement them, would have imposed a 5 percent tax on goods imported from Mexico.

USA business groups and some of Trump's Republican allies warned that a trade fight with Mexico would hurt the US economy and lobbied the administration to back down. Mexico is the second-biggest source of U.S. imports.

Trump made the announcement only hours after returning from Europe and following several days of intense and sometimes hard negotiations between officials from the two countries in Washington.

However, he added, "If we are unable to make the deal, Mexico will begin paying Tariffs at the 5% level on Monday!" Trump said on Thursday he would decide later this month whether to hit Beijing with tariffs on an additional list of $300 billion in Chinese goods.

The agreement comes as a result of the US' pressure campaign on Mexico, including economic threats. The U.S. government announced Wednesday that in May, 144,000 migrants were detained at the border, up 32% from April.

Border Patrol apprehended 132,887 migrants attempting to enter the United States from Mexico in May, marking a 33 percent increase from the month before.

US border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006. That's the the most in a single month in at least five years; the number has grown every month since January.

Mr Trump revealed that a deal had been reached to suspend the tariffs "indefinitely" in a series of tweets. Vice President Mike Pence has a weak record on LGBTQ rights, but had also backed Grennell's movement.



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