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World Mexican president visit to Trump middle of next week: sources

02:41  01 july  2020
02:41  01 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Mexican president to hold bilateral Trump talks on July 8

  Mexican president to hold bilateral Trump talks on July 8 Mexican president to hold bilateral Trump talks on July 8Mexico's government proposed the two-day talks in Washington to celebrate the July 1 start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is replacing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico 's president on Thursday said an upcoming meeting with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump was a matter of economic necessity even as diplomats questioned the wisdom of making his first foreign visit to a man widely reviled by Mexicans .

Donald J. Trump will visit Mexico on Wednesday for a private meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto The Mexican president ’s office said Mr. Peña Nieto had sent invitations last week to both Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton. The negotiations for both trips were first reported by The Washington Post.

By Dave Graham

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Obrador holds a news conference in Mexico City © Reuters/Henry Romero FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Obrador holds a news conference in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A visit by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to Washington to meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump has been planned for around the middle of next week, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Lopez Obrador previously said the meeting could take place soon after July 1 but on Monday announced it would not be this week.

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Many Mexican citizens are angry that President Enrique Peña Nieto would meet with Mr. Trump , let alone extend him an invitation. MEXICO CITY — If President Enrique Peña Nieto invited Donald J. Trump to visit Mexico for a dialogue in the interest of democracy, the message has fallen on deaf

WASHINGTON — President Trump ’s refusal to publicly drop his demand that Mexico pay for a wall on its border with the United States has derailed tentative plans for President Enrique Peña Nieto to make his first visit to the Trump White House next month, after a contentious telephone call last week

Planning is underway for the visit to be on July 8-9, according to a Mexican official familiar with the matter. A second official said the trip was very likely to be those days.

Foreign ministry spokesman Daniel Millan said the conversations are continuing but that the government was "exploring dates after 4th July". Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday the government would provide details on Wednesday.

The Mexican president says the Trump meeting is intended to celebrate the July 1 start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade deal that is replacing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

It was in April that Lopez Obrador initially floated the idea of meeting the U.S. president. For the Mexican president to make his first foreign trip to see Trump has stirred criticism from both opposition ranks and some of his own supporters.

Free Trade Treaty: Mexican President Obrador in Washington with Trump

 Free Trade Treaty: Mexican President Obrador in Washington with Trump © REUTERS / Henry Romero Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador here at a press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, August 2019 Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be in Washington on Wednesday where he will meet his counterpart Donald Trump. This is his first official trip. A visit that aims to consolidate the ties between these two North American countries which, with Canada, adopted a new free trade treaty on July 1, 2019.

Donald Trump 's visit to Mexico on Wednesday came somewhat out of the blue, announced only a day before the trip took place. In his few hours across the border, he called The criticism could not come at a worse time for the president , whose approval ratings in the middle of last month sat at only 23%.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico 's president on Thursday said an upcoming meeting with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump was a matter of economic necessity even as diplomats questioned the wisdom of making his first foreign visit to a man widely reviled by Mexicans .

Trump, who referred to Mexican migrants as rapists and drug runners in his 2015-16 election campaign and vowed to make Mexico pay for his planned border wall, is held in low public esteem in Mexico, so the visit carries risks for Lopez Obrador.

Lopez Obrador has publicly urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take part in the meeting, but Canada's government has given no indication yet he will attend.

A Canadian government source said any invitation to attend would be evaluated from a health perspective.

Under federal health rules, Trudeau faces 14 days in quarantine upon returning to Canada if he leaves the country.

(Reporting by Dave Graham, Frank Jack Daniel and Steve Scherer; editing by Grant McCool)

Mexican president's US visit cordial, lacking in substance .
MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador returned to Mexico on Thursday buoyed by a cordial first encounter with President Donald Trump that successfully distracted from multiple crises at home but produced few tangible results. As they have done since López Obrador took office in December 2018, the two leaders refrained from the heated rhetoric both regularly employ against other targets, instead asserting their friendship and mutual respect. Absent from the carefully scripted White House meeting Wednesday were any of the slurs against Mexico that Trump used during his campaign, such as when he referred to migrants to the U.S.

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