- I regret and condemn the decision the United States has made to continue with the construction of a wall that for years has divided us instead of bringing us together, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said on Mexican television.
- I've said it time and again: Mexico will not pay for any wall, he continued.
US President Donald Trump has repeated the suggestion that he will send the bill for the wall to the far poorer neighbouring country in the south.
- Mexico gives and demands respect as the fully sovereign state we are, said the Mexican president.
Peña Nieto had plans to meet Trump at the White House next week, but the opposition in Mexico now demands that he cancels the visit. According to Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, Peña Nieto is considering to cancel, but the decision is not yet taken, reports the TV channel Televisa.
Peña Nieto himself will not say anything about what his next step will be. First he wants to look at a report from a Mexican delegation that is in Washington this week.
He will also consult with governors and elected politicians before making a decision.
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