Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexican President, who signed an agreement with the US in order to avoid tariffs on country’s goods, which could have been imposed on Monday, travelled to Tijuana, city at the Southern border, to lead the rally “in defense of national dignity”, media reports say.
President Obrador claimed that the rally was a “celebration” of the signed agreement. “We’re celebrating yesterday’s important agreement because it was putting us in a very difficult situation with these tariffs because we would have had to impose the same measures on US products,” he said. “What follows? Keeping our commitments: reinforcing our [southern] border, applying the law and respecting the human rights.”
Marcelo Ebrard, foreign minister of Mexico and a negotiator on the tariffs, who has also spoken at the rally, said “we didn’t win everything, but we were able to claim a victory with there being no tariffs.”
According to the agreement, Mexico would send 6,000 troops to the Southern border and work on expansion of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program, which states that asylum seekers waiting for their claims to be processed should be doing that in Mexico.
Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, house speaker, called the deal between Mexico and the US “immoral and unacceptable, the double standard between the northern and southern borders.” “On the one hand, we demand that they open the doors to us and on the other, we seal off the passage of Central Americans to do the US a favor,” he said.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website