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U.S. Secretary of State says ready to help Mexico after earthquake

Tillerson Videgaray

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a conversation with his Mexican counterpart Luis Videgaray, said that the United States is ready to help Mexico after the devastation caused by the earthquake and Hurricane Katia.

Tillerson spoke with Videgaray on Monday night and expressed his condolences for the loss of life caused by the 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the country last week, as well as damage caused by Hurricane Katia in Veracruz and Puebla.

“The secretary emphasized  to Chancellor Videgaray that the US government is ready to help our neighbors in Mexico at this difficult time,” he said in a brief statement from the State Department.

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Mexico initially offered aid to the United States following Hurricane Harvey in Texas, but after the quake clarified that it was no longer in a position to provide assistance.

Tillerson and Videgaray also discussed bilateral and regional issues, including Central America, Venezuela and the fight against transnational criminal organizations.

The Mexican foreign minister is visiting the state of California and plans to make a working visit to the US capital on Wednesday.