Mexico’s President ‘Optimistic’ That Negotiations With U.S. Will Stop Tariffs

Parts of the US border wall with Mexico are seen from the United States in Nogales Arizona

"I told him that in Tijuana I would say that I do not lift a clenched fist but an open and frank hand to the president of the United States".

"We experienced ten complicated days due to the issue of tariffs, the decision to place those tariffs on the goods produced in Mexico and are sold in the United States...they were hard days".

Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, spoke at a unity rally on Saturday evening, just hours after coming to an agreement with the USA avoiding tariffs on Mexican goods.

The Mexican president said despite their crackdown on immigration, Mexico would continue to respect the human rights of illegal immigrants.

"I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico", Trump said on Twitter.

"Unfortunately, there's a mixing of migration with commercial matters", he said.

Caravans of migrants from Central American countries seeking asylum began to move toward the United States through Mexico last fall.

Trump disputed the Times' story in a series of tweets Sunday morning, writing that his administration, like others before it, had been working toward some aspects of the deal "for a long time", but said they "were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico". Trump called the surge of arrivals a crisis and declared a national emergency in February to secure funds to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he's optimistic Mexico will reach a deal with the halt tariffs and will detail his stance on the threat from President Donald Trump on Saturday. The countries subsequently engaged in lengthy talks to resolve their tensions. "The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", he said.

Talks between US and Mexico officials were set to continue Friday in Washington after Trump said he'd slap generalized tariffs of 5% on Mexican goods starting June 10.



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