MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's government moved ahead on Tuesday with implementing a deal struck with President Donald Trump, which demands the country limit migration to the U.S. in order to prevent a trade dispute.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he was setting up a special commission headed by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to meet Mexico's obligations.
In a first step, the government is sending 6,000 members of its national guard to the southern border with Guatemala, Ebrard said at a news conference.
Trump announced a deal with Mexico late Friday to avoid tariffs and on Monday expressed hope that Mexico's tightening of border and immigration laws will reduce tensions.
In return for the suspension of tariffs, Mexico said it would take action against illegal migration from Central America.
The country has 45 days to significantly reduce the number of migrants reaching the U.S.-Mexican border, or face a renewed tariff threat.
The agreement has eliminated the possibility of an economic crisis, Lopez Obrador said. "We will continue to pursue this policy of non-confrontation," he said.
Ebrard contradicted Trump's tweets from Monday, that the agreement included previously unpublished details.
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