Netanyahu downplays row with Mexico over building of wall, hails ‘good’ ties
Netanyahu wrote on Twitter that Israel “will continue to have good relations” with Mexico. “I believe our ties are stronger than any passing disagreement or misunderstanding,” he added.Updated: Jan 31, 2017 18:53 IST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu downplayed a spat with Mexico over US President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall Tuesday, saying the countries’ relations were stronger than a “passing” row.
Netanyahu wrote on Twitter that Israel “will continue to have good relations” with Mexico.
“I believe our ties are stronger than any passing disagreement or misunderstanding,” he added.
Mexico demanded an apology after Netanyahu tweeted last week in support of Trump’s proposed wall spanning the Mexican border, saying a similar plan along Israel’s southern frontier had been a success.
President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea 🇮🇱🇺🇸— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 28, 2017
Netanyahu did not apologise, saying he did not comment on US-Mexico relations in the original tweet.
But he said he had a “long, fruitful and very friendly relationship” with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will speak with Pena Nieto on Tuesday, a source close to him said, as the two countries seek to calm the row.
Rivlin, who comes from Netanyahu’s Likud party, is expected to stress the importance of the relationship between the two countries, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Pena Nieto cancelled a planned meeting with Trump over the proposed wall.
First Published: Jan 31, 2017 18:52 IST