Mexican Prez Enrique Pena Nieto vows to defend NAFTA, says restoring peace is his top priority
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 03-Sep-2017
Mexico City, September 3: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday defended free trade and young migrants in the United States, saying his government would not accept insults against “national dignity” from the administration of US President Donald Trump. He said that restoring peace to the nation is the biggest demand of society and top priority of his government.
Pena Nieto, in his annual address to the nation, sent “warm greetings” and pledges of “solidarity” to the young Mexicans enrolled in a program that protects immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children. “The relationship with the new government of the United States, like any other nation, must be based on irrevocable principles: sovereignty, defense of the national interest, and protection of our migrants,” Pena Nieto said. “We will not accept anything that goes against our national dignity,” he told a crowd of politicians and the country’s elite, who rose at that point to deliver the most vigorous standing ovation of his address.
The rift between U.S and Mexico started from the first day of Trump in his office when he announced to erect a concrete wall between America and Mexico to block the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. Pena Nieto also said Mexico would continue to defend NAFTA as a vehicle to further integrate the region and provide certainty to investors. “The negotiating team has precise instructions to participate in this process with seriousness, good faith and a constructive spirit,” he said, “always putting first the interest of Mexico while reaching for a result where all three countries win.”
Trump repeatedly threatened to pull out of NAFTA if talks do not go his way. Top Mexican officials said Latin America’s No. 2 economy would walk away from negotiations if Trump moves to withdraw from the deal. Teams from the three countries kicked off a second round of closed-door talks on Friday on 25 areas of discussion, with subjects such as digital commerce and small businesses seen as areas where consensus was possible.