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Tillerson thanks Mexico for Harvey aid offer

31 Août 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson put aside controversy over U.S. plans to build a wall on its southern border Wednesday and thanked Mexico for its offer of aid to flood-stricken Texas.

"I want to thank the government of Mexico for its offer of assistance in the state of Texas", Tillerson, himself a Texan, said. "They've offered a wide range of assistance coordinating with the governor down in Texas and also through FEMA, but very generous of Mexico to offer their help at this very, very challenging time for our citizens down in Texas".

Offering assistance this weekend, Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: "The Mexican government takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States as a result of the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and expresses that it has offered to provide help and cooperation to the US government in order to deal with the impact of this natural disaster-as good neighbors should always do in trying times". Media reported that Mexico's Red Cross is sending 33 volunteers to Texas to help in the recovery.

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Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray is leading a delegation to Washington, DC this week to meet with Tillerson and other USA officials to discuss bilateral issues. Foreign Secretary Videgaray and Secretary Tillerson also previewed Round Two of NAFTA negotiations in Mexico City September 1-5.

The storm is moving east to Louisiana, which is experiencing flooding as well. Media reports have indicated that the storm has claimed the lives of at least 20 people.

Tillerson thanks Mexico for Harvey aid offer