Jared Kushner meets with Nieto amid flaring US-Mexico tensions

Jared Kushner meets with Nieto amid flaring US-Mexico tensions

A senior USA administration official confirmed Kushner's visit, adding that the talks would remain centered on the security, immigration and trade, but including among other issues, according to Reuters. Videgaray was scheduled to accompany the Mexican head of state on that trip.

Tensions have been high for months between Nieto and Trump, largely due to Trump's repeated insistence that Mexico will pay for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border - a prospect that Nieto has repeatedly rejected.

US presidential adviser Jared Kushner is in Mexico, trying to fix damaged ties.

Security clearance has been a significant issue in recent weeks, ever since Rob Porter's departure from the White House over multiple allegations of domestic abuse. It was the second time Pena Nieto had called off a Washington visit because of disagreements with Trump.

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.

"I see it as one of the few things of effect 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 US-Mexico relations at the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations.

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Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray and Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo also attended yesterday's meeting as did U.S. Department of State official Kimberly Breier.

Mexican officials did not say whether the plans for a Trump-Pena Nieto summit was on the agenda.

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

The envoy's visit came after a testy telephone conversation between Peña Nieto and United States President Donald Trump and was widely seen as a move created to smooth over strained bilateral relations.

Trump has said that Canada and Mexico could be exempt from the tariffs if they reach a deal on a new version of NAFTA, but both countries have criticized the proposal. Trump blames the decline in US manufacturing jobs on the agreement. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Kitco Metals Inc. nor the author can guarantee such accuracy. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.

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