UNITED NATIONS – Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray on Thursday expressed confidence that the “public and well-known differences” that his country has with the United States can be overcome and emphasized the “strategic” nature of their mutual ties.
“We have repeatedly expressed our willingness to build, to overcome our differences by means of dialogue, and we’re doing that,” Videgaray told reporters at UN headquarters in New York.
The Mexican official talked with the press after his meeting on Thursday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to review the international body’s main challenges.
US President Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House and the positions he took during the election campaign have created powerful tensions between the two countries and even led Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel an official visit to the US.
A large portion of these tensions are linked to Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border to prevent the entry of undocumented migrants and his demand that Mexico pay for it, Videgaray said.
The foreign minister, however, said he was optimistic that these differences can be overcome, adding that he had had the chance to discuss the issue in a telephone conversation he had on Thursday with his newly-confirmed US counterpart, Rex Tillerson.
“It’s evident that we have public and well-known differences with the new US government, but we have more areas of agreement and, above all, it’s a fundamental strategic relationship for both nations,” said Mexico’s top diplomat.
“We will have to undertake this process to arrive at agreements that will be good for Mexico and the US,” he said, adding that “soon” – albeit on an as yet unspecified date – he will meet with Tillerson and will have the chance to analyze “all aspects of the relationship,” including issues such as immigration, security and trade.
“The relationship between Mexico and the United States is very broad and very deep. There are many issues that we have to talk about,” he added, going on to say that Mexico must seek a “very constructive relationship” with the US government.