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Mexico buckles towards Trump

"The most important thing will be to provide information about what we are already doing on the migration issue," said Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Veracruz. In addition, the measures against immigration via Mexico to the USA could be tightened.

Mexico relies on crisis diplomacy

The President said he was confident that negotiations with the US over the coming week to curb the influx of immigrants to the United States will lead to "good results" and that tariffs, which are ruinous for the domestic economy, can be averted. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has already traveled to the USA for talks, and Vice Foreign Minister Jesus Seade, who is responsible for North American issues, is due to join on Sunday. A meeting with a US delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planned on Wednesday to resolve the dispute.

Lopez Obrador rows back

On the day after the surprising announcement of the punitive tariffs by US President Donald Trump, Lopez Obrador reacted even more critically and did not even want to rule out a lawsuit against the big neighbor in the north at the World Trade Organization. Mexico's head of state has now confirmed that he sees his country being treated unfairly by Trump's tariff threats, but that he still hopes for an agreement. "We are not going to enter into a trade war," he stressed.

Call for national unity

When asked what the Mexican government will do if US punitive tariffs come into effect on June 10, he replied, "We have a plan to ensure the country does not become impoverished." Lopez Obrador called on the Mexicans for national unity and spoke of a serious crisis in view of the large number of migrants in South and Central America.

US President Trump surprisingly announced import tariffs on all goods from Mexico on Thursday in order to force its southern neighbor to take measures against illegal migration. The US criticizes that hundreds of thousands of people illegally enter the United States through its southern neighbor.

The announcement from Washington caught Mexico off guard. The US government had only submitted the recently negotiated USMCA USMCA free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico to the Senate in Washington for ratification on Thursday, a few hours before Trump's threat of punitive tariffs. It is still completely open how the new tariffs will be compatible with the USMCA agreement.

Mexico is the USA's most important trading partner. In the first quarter of 2019, the trading volume was $ 150.5 billion. Last year the United States imported goods worth $ 346 billion from Mexico. This makes the neighbor one of the three largest trading partners.

qu / wa (rtr, dpa)