The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, expressed his interest Monday in maintaining "a close and respectful relationship" with the United States, considering that it is important for the prosperity of both countries, the Presidency reported.
Upon receiving legislators from the House of Representatives of that country, the Mexican president said that "the bilateral relationship is fundamental" and it is important to redouble efforts to promote economic development.
López Obrador has refused to respond to the accusations made in Twiter by US President Donald Trumpo in which he accuses Mexico of doing nothing on the issue of immigration and threatens to close the southern border.
The Mexican president told the US legislators that it is important to work for the ratification of the Mexico, United States and Canada Trade Treaty (T-MEC), which "will be of great benefit for the growth of the three partners and their peoples," indicated his press office.
In the meeting, held in a hall of the National Palace, López Obrador stressed the importance of cooperation with Central America to address the causes of migration, such as poverty and violence.
"Mexico works to make migration an option, not a necessity," the Mexican president said at the meeting with legislators.
The presidency highlighted that the US congressmen expressed to López Obrador "coincidences" with Mexico's position on Central America and its impact on the issue of migration.
US lawmakers "expressed their willingness to maintain a frank and open dialogue with Mexico from the United States Congress," the presidency said.
Accompanied López Obrador, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard; Martha Bárcena, ambassador of Mexico in the United States; Jesús Seade, Undersecretary for North America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), and Mario Chacón Carrillo, General Director for North America.
The delegation of the US House of Representatives was headed by the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Democrat Eliot Engel, who was also attended by John Creamer, Charge d'Affaires of the United States Embassy in Mexico.
The president of the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Jerrold Nadler, the congresswoman for California Zoe Logfren, of the Democratic Party and president of the Subcommittee on Border Affairs, the Democrat Adriano Espaillat, member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, and the Democrat Pramila Jayapal, of the Legal Affairs Committee.
On the Republican side, only John Curtis, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, participated.