Trump 'absolutely' still wants Mexico to pay for border 'wall'

Enrique Peña Nieto and Donald Trump

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday said relations with the United States should "generate mutual respect and build confidence", a day after US President Donald Trump renewed his commitment to building a wall on the border between the two neighbors.

The two leaders have since spoken by phone, and a series of high-level meetings have eased the tension.

Trump and Peña Nieto were meeting in Germany at the G-20 Summit happening today.

Top US and Mexican officials have sought common ground on issues such as migration and drug trafficking, even as President Donald Trump combatively repeated his vow to make Mexico pay for his planned border wall.

Trump has advocated for the wall since his presidential campaign kicked off in 2015, when has infamously said that when Mexico "sends its people".

He also said the USA and Mexico share a '"complex relationship" with many issues.

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The two did not discuss the border wall privately, according to Nieto's spokesman.

Some Democrats have said outlays for the wall will be a dealbreaker in future budget talks. President Trump has also received skepticism from his own supporters regarding his lack of progress on the wall, as bids to build the wall are still now under review.

"We didn't touch on that subject in our conversation, which lasted about half an hour - partly because we have a well-known, significant difference of opinion on that", he said.

Nafta negotiations are scheduled to start in August and expectations are the trade treaty will be tweaked rather than ripped up, which may explain Pena Nieto's apparent eagerness to avoid open confrontation.

Speaking on Mexican radio, Videgaray also said both governments agreed the renegotiation "should be a relatively quick process" that looks to "generate agreements, at least in general terms, by the end of the year".

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