Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. said meetings between the two countries regarding immigration and a border wall have been "fruitful."
Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray have met with members of President Donald Trump's inner circle on several occasions since Trump took office in January.
"It's better if we cooperate, talk to each other, instead of pointing fingers at each other," Gutiérrez said last week, according to McClatchy. He called the meetings thus far "fruitful."
Trump campaigned on a promise to have a border wall built between the U.S. and Mexico and have Mexico pay for it, two points of contention within Mexico. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto even canceled a planned meeting days after Trump took office because the pair could not agree on who would pay for the wall.
Members of the two governments have since met several times as the Trump administration tries to lobby for a solution, McClatchy reports. Those meetings have taken place in and around Washington, D.C. and have included Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
Andrew Selee, a executive vice president at the Wilson Center and an expert in Mexico, told McClatchy he is surprised by how much attention the U.S. is giving to its southern neighbor.
"It really is a surprising level of engagement," Selee said. "The only other country I can think of where we're seeing this kind of visible engagement is probably Israel. I don't see any other relationship where we're seeing as much."
A report Monday compiled the list of challenges Trump is facing regarding the border wall, including the cost (and who will pay for it) and legal challenges associated with building on private land along the border.
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