June 3, 2019 / 12:23 PM / in 5 months

Mexico remains hopeful it can reach a migration deal with U.S. as tariffs loom

Border gates are seen at the World Trade Bridge border with Mexico, in Laredo, Texas U.S. June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexico can reach an agreement with the United States to resolve a dispute over migration that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to threaten punitive tariffs, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday.

Ebrard, speaking at a news conference, said if Washington imposed tariffs on Mexican imports it could be counterproductive to stopping immigration flows across the southern U.S. border.

Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Makini Brice; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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