The Mexican government thanked US President Donald Trump on Tuesday and called him a "friend" for his help in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Secretary of State Marcelo Ebrard praised the United States for providing Mexico with much-needed ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients.
"Today we would like to thank the United States government, especially President Trump, from the bottom of our hearts because … he made sure that this happened," said Ebrard.
"And as the expression says: If there are adversities, you get to know your friends and today … the plane he promised will arrive."
Mexico will receive 211 ventilators, valued at $ 16,000 to $ 24,000 each, at a time when "we are at the height" of the pandemic, said Ebrard.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said a planned meeting with Trump in June or July will be used to express solidarity with the US population and "thank them for the help we have received to fight the pandemic".
It will also be an opportunity to celebrate the adoption of a renewed trade agreement between the two countries and Canada, which is due to enter into force on July 1st.
Lopez Obrador added that he might also talk to Trump about migration at their next meeting. Building a wall on the U.S. southern border to prevent migrants from Mexico from entering the country was an important election promise by Trump, who will stand for re-election in November.
"We will not interfere in another country's electoral policy or domestic policy, but we would speak frankly when it comes to defending our countrymen," said Lopez Obrador.
"And we would officially do this to Trump, who, I repeat, was very respectful of us."
The Mexican government expects its coronavirus infections to peak on Wednesday. The virus is estimated to cause a total of 6,000 deaths.
By Monday there were just under 25,000 infections and 2,271 deaths.
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