Mexican Foreign Secretary Skips State Dept., Goes Straight to White House


Accords to update trade relations between Mexico and the United States could be possible toward the end of this year, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday, hinting at a quicker timetable than USA officials have ventured so far.

"I can't speak to whether there's going to be any meetings at the State Department at any level", he continued.

Foreign diplomats are typically received by the secretary of State during visits to Washington.

Mexico is facing tough negotiations over trade with the United States because U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to dump the NAFTA trade agreement between the two nations and Canada if he can not rework it in the United States' favor.

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The disconnect comes amid reports that the State Department has been sidelined in matters of foreign policy.

The Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the move would cause "irreversible damage". The foreign secretary explained to the paper that he told Secretary of Sate Rex Tillerson himself on the phone Wednesday night.

Videgaray said Thursday that the White House assured him that the policy wasn't finalized.

For Thursday's meetings, however, Videgaray said he had to raise Mexican complaints about USA suggestions it would separate migrant children from their parents at the border as a way to discourage illegal crossings.

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Mr Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met Mr Videgaray two weeks ago in Mexico City as part of an effort to fix frayed relations between the two countries.

"Family integrity is a basic human right", he said at the Mexican Embassy in Washington.

Tillerson and Videgaray met two weeks ago in Mexico City, along with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and his Mexican counterpart, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

The Trump administration has had little success in soothing Mexican anger after the new president unleashed a string of insults against Mexicans and insisted they would pay for a multi-billion-dollar wall along the U.S.

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