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Mexico's new leader: 'Nobody will threaten us' with wall

AFP  |  Mexico City 

Mexico's President-elect vowed today his country would not be threatened by a wall, in a thinly veiled rebuke to US Donald Trump's jabs across the border.

"is going to become a power -- and will change the balance of power. Nobody will threaten us that our borders will be closed or militarised," warned Lopez Obrador, who takes office December 1.

"This will be possible because the country will grow and there will be jobs." Trump has cited Mexico's record number of homicides last year as one of many reasons the needs a more secure border.

The reality star turned campaigned on a promise to deport undocumented immigrants and build a new border wall with -- which he said would be paid by America's southern neighbour -- to prevent arrivals of undocumented migrants, whom he has described as criminals.

Trump's explosive remarks cost him business contracts and fueled the worst diplomatic crisis in decades between the and

On May 14, a senior US delegation led by met with in

But the issue of the wall was not addressed then or in letters that the Mexican president-elect later exchanged with Trump.

statistics counted 28,711 murders in 2017, the highest since records began in 1997. The situation has worsened, with another 15,973 murders over the first half of this year alone.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 06:00 IST