Mexico has reiterated its stand that it will not fund United States President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
“As the Mexican government has always stated, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on US territory along the Mexican border. This statement is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but rather a principle of national sovereignty and dignity,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Mexico’s reaction comes after Trump reaffirmed his commitment to build the Mexico Wall, saying that the U.S. must build the wall.
“With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other (sic),” he tweeted.
With regard to the violence generated in Mexico by the illicit drugs, arms and money trafficking, the Mexican Government reiterated that it is a shared problem that will only end if its root causes are addressed: high demand for drugs in the United States and supply from Mexico (and other countries).
“Transnational criminal organizations have killed thousands of Mexicans, including members of the armed forces and police officers, and thousands of Americans. Only on the basis of the principles of shared responsibility, teamwork and mutual trust will we be able to overcome this challenge,” the Mexican Ministry said in the statement.
The ministry also reacted to Trump’s tweet on North American Free Trade Agreement, saying that “Mexico’s position at the renegotiation table NAFTA will continue to be serious and constructive, always putting our national interests first, and seeking a beneficial result whereby the three North American countries win”.
“Mexico will not negotiate NAFTA, or any other aspect of the bilateral relationship, through social media or any other news platform,” it added.
Trump had earlier threatened to terminate NAFTA talks with Canada and Mexico, saying that both are “being very difficult” in renegotiation of NAFTA.
“We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada. Both being very difficult, may have to terminate?” Trump said in a tweet.
Trump had recently emphasised that the NAFTA talks with Canada and Mexico would not achieve a successful end