US President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met for the first time for the cadence of the 45th American leader, despite the fact that the countries border on each other. The purpose of the meeting was to sign a trade agreement.
It is reported by CBS News.
The trade agreement was signed by three parties: USA, Mexico and Canada (USMCA). It entered into force in early July.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to come to Washington, given the pandemic, so the meeting was bilateral in nature.
On the eve of the signing of the agreement, Trump called the relationship between the US and Mexico “outstanding” and stated that they “have never been closer than now.” He also praised the President of Mexico, calling him a “tough negotiator.”
He, in turn, thanked Trump for his understanding, noting that the United States “did not try to treat us like a colony.”
“On the contrary, you have fulfilled our condition as an independent nation. That’s why I’m here: to express to the people of the United States that their president treated us with kindness and respect, ”said the Mexican leader.
As part of the trade agreement, Trudeau is required to pay a visit to the White House later.
It is worth noting that the USMCA is largely identical to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but it sets new rules for the automotive sector with the goal of increasing the salaries of Mexican workers.