The deal struck on Friday averted import tariffs on all Mexican goods, which U.S. President Donald Trump had vowed to impose unless Mexico did more to curb migration. Officials said it was based around Mexico's commitment to deploy National Guard forces throughout the country, in particular to its southern border, in order to stem the flow of northbound migrants headed toward the US.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Monday gave details of a deal reached with the U.S. to avert the imposition of tariffs on Mexican goods.
"It was all done because of the tariffs and because of the relationship that we have with Mexico", he told reporters Monday, following a call-in interview with CNBC Monday morning in which he said officials had "talked about it for months and months and months", but couldn't reach agreement until the threat. He now had full confidence that they "want to get the job properly done".
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who led the Mexican negotiating team in marathon talks in Washington last week, said he had rebuffed the U.S. demand for such a measure, but agreed to revisit the matter in 45 days.
"So the wineries come to me and say, "Sir" - the California guys, they come, "Sir, we're paying a lot of money to put our product into France, and you're letting" - meaning, this country is allowing - 'these French wines, which are great wines, but we have great wines too - allowing it to come in for nothing".
Mexico rejected this demand, which would have forced the Mexican government to accept numerous migrants detained trying to enter the United States by making them submit their asylum claims in Mexico rather than with US authorities.
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The deal continued to roil Washington. But he did say his country's Congress, where he enjoys strong legislative support, will hold a special session to ratify the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade, signed last November.
The president did not go into details Monday, but Mexico said it had agreed to discuss one of Trump's top demands, a so-called "safe third-country agreement" - in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than the USA - if the flow of undocumented Central Americans continues.
President Trump and White House officials are slamming Democrats as they continue their refusal to solve the ongoing crisis on the southern border.
Mr. Trump has embraced his persona as "tariff man", slapping duties on friends and adversaries alike over the past two years. Targets included China and members of the European Union.
Trump announced on May 30 that a 5 per cent tariff on all Mexican imports to the US would go into effect on June 10 and eventually increase to as much as 25 per cent by October.
The US has given Mexico 45 days to reduce the number of migrants crossing its territory on their way to the US.
Trump alleged he was hearing complaints from USA wineries about their market access to France.