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Mexico, US and Canada 'deeply united' by football: Pena Nieto on WC 2026 win

AFP  |  Mexico City 

Pena today hailed the awarding of host duties for the 2026 to Mexico, the and as recognition that is "deeply united."

Their joint bid to host football's main event was selected amid troubled times in relations between the three neighbors, who are quarreling over the future of a free trade agreement that has bound them since 1994.

"It is not just our peoples and our families, our companies and our and women, football itself knows that Canada, the US and are deeply united," Pena said in a video posted on

US-Mexican relations have been strained since won election in 2016 after a campaign laced with anti-Mexican barbs and promises to build a wall on the two countries' border and make pay for it.

Pena has twice cancelled plans to visit after testy phone calls with Trump, and relations hit a new low last month when the US slapped steep tariffs on and aluminum from Mexico, and the

The move cast new uncertainty on the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which the US, and have been renegotiating at the behest of Trump, who claims the deal has been "horrible" for the

The Mexican brushed the hostilities aside, congratulating all three countries on the "great news" after football governing body voted for the three countries' joint candidacy over that of at a meeting held in on the eve of this year's

"FIFA's decision is an acknowledgement to the three countries," said Pena Nieto. He underlined the fact that Mexico -- which hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cups -- will now become the first country to have hosted the tournament three times.

"Mexico is a great host. We have magnificent beaches, magical towns and remarkable archaeological sites. But, above all, are a hospitable and warm people, who enjoy sharing their traditions, cuisine and love for life," he said.

Trump and Canadian also hailed the news, which the US president said was the result of "a great deal of hard work.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 22:35 IST