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Mexico offers to negotiate over US National Guard deployment

Nieto's remark on Thursday was in response to a proclamation signed on Wednesday by Trump

IANS  |  Mexico City 

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Mexican Pena has said that he was willing to negotiate on his American counterpart Donald Trump's decision to deploy the on the US-border.

Nieto's remark on Thursday was in response to a proclamation signed on Wednesday by Trump that authorises the deployment of the to the 3,200-km-long border in order to stop the flow of drugs and criminals as well as control illegal immigration, reports

The US said the will act only in a support role. But the Mexican sees the move as a militarisation of the border.

is willing to negotiate, Pena said in a televised address, adding: "We will have no fear to negotiate, but we will never negotiate out of fear.

"The Mexican has worked to build an institutional relationship, based on mutual respect, that is beneficial to both nations," he said, citing previous joint efforts to fight organized crime.

"We have never withheld our cooperation because we are aware of the shared responsibility that this important task applies," he added, demanding that Trump protect the rights of ethnic Mexicans in the US.

The also said Trump should avoid lashing out at out "of frustration due to internal political matters".

 

First Published: Sat, April 07 2018. 02:49 IST
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