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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – An official Mexican delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, is leaving for the United States on Friday to settle the issue of planned US trade tariffs, the Latin American nation’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said.

    "I am suggesting that you instruct your officials, if it is convenient, to receive the representatives of our government, headed by the foreign minister, who, as of tomorrow, will relocate to Washington in order to reach an agreement for the good of both nations", Lopez Obrador wrote in a letter to Trump, published on his Twitter late on Thursday.

    "President Trump: social issues are not settled by taxes and coercive measures", the letter also read.

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    On Thursday, US President Donald Trump said Washington would impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico beginning on 10 June, adding that the duties would go up to 25 percent by October if America's southern neighbour does not alleviate the illegal immigration crisis.

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