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Amigos in need are amigos indeed

The prospect that U.S. President Donald Trump could scrap the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the endless talk about a 2,000-mile border wall, the arrest and deportation of Mexican immigrants back to their home country… The US-Mexican saga can be pretty confusing, but one thing is clear: relations have turned sour. Mexico is mired in political and economic quicksand, but it can still count on an old friend for help: Spain.  

“Many of the things we took for granted are being questioned in the ballot boxes,” said Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray. “Facing this situation, it is comforting to know that the relationship between Mexico and Spain today is strong - stronger and closer than ever.” 

This year, the former colonial power and its former colony are celebrating the 40th anniversary of renewed diplomatic relations, and it is nothing but timely. Forty years after the fall of Spanish dictator Franco, Mexico is in need of unconditional international support. That is what Spain, La Madre Patria, can offer Mexico today. Spain has Mexico’s back, but as in every family, old baggage can weigh heavy on relationships.

When Donald Trump first declared that the United States government would build a border wall with Mexico to ebb migration – and force the southern neighbor to pay for it – Spain spoke up. 

“We have a strong and intense bilateral relation,” said the Spanish Ambassador to Mexico. “Our ties are unshakeable and reinforced under any circumstance.” 

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