Pena Nieto meeting depends on US-Mexico progress - ministry

Larry Hoffman
March 10, 2018

Kushner, who began working in the White House when Trump took office past year, has been charged with overseeing a broad portfolio of responsibilities ranging from trade issues with Mexico to brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

In February, Pena Nieto abruptly canceled a visit to Washington, after reports circulated of a testy exchange and breakdown in communication during a phone call with Trump.

The Mexican foreign ministry announced Kushner's trip in a statement late on Tuesday. Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner has lost his top-level security clearance, sources familiar with the matter said February 27, 2018, a decision with potentially profound implications for the USA administration.

Trump repeatedly declared both on the campaign trail and from the White House that Mexico would pay for a wall on the USA border to stop illegal immigration.

Accompanied on his visit by other U.S. diplomats and security officials, the foreign ministry statement said Kushner will also meet Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray.

Some analysts in Mexico view the visit as a chance to fix a key USA relationship and for Kushner to prove his usefulness to the White House.

Kushner also is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, CNBC reported.

"I see it as one of the few things of outcome that he can do that don't require security clearance", said Agustin Barrios Gomez, a former federal congressman and head of the working group on the future of U.S. -Mexico relations at the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations.

After the most recent round of negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that the three participating countries - the United States, Mexico and Canada - have agreed on only six of roughly 30 NAFTA chapters and that "our time is running very short".

CGTN's Franc Contreas has more on Kushner's meeting with President Pena Nieto.

According to The Washington Post, officials from both countries told the paper that Peña Nieto "called off the plan after Trump would not agree to publicly affirm Mexico's position that it would not fund construction of a border wall".

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