Mexico’s foreign minister heads to Washington amid row

Mexico’s foreign minister heads to Washington amid row

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Mexico's foreign minister heads to Washington amid row

Mexico City: Mexico’s foreign minister heads to Washington today for meetings with the US secretaries of state and homeland security as the two nations face their biggest diplomatic crisis in decades.

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray’s trip comes after President Enrique Pena Nieto cancelled his own January 31 visit to Washington in protest over US President Donald Trump’s insistence that Mexico pay for a border wall.

Videgaray will meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly to discuss “the protection of Mexicans in the United States, immigration, security and border infrastructure,” the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement.

Yesterday, Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong spoke with Kelly on the phone and they agreed to meet in Mexico City soon, though no date was announced.

In addition to upsetting Mexico with his wall plan, Trump wants to upend bilateral economic ties, demanding a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).