Mastermind Of Trump's Mexico Visit Named Foreign Minister

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Mastermind of Trump's Mexico visit named foreign minister

MEXICO CITY, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 05th Jan, 2017 ) : Mexico's Luis Videgaray was named foreign minister on Wednesday, making a stunning political comeback after losing his previous cabinet post for his role in organizing Donald Trump's controversial pre-election visit to the country.

President Enrique Pena Nieto's announcement followed weeks of speculation that his former finance minister and close confidant was set for a triumphant return following Trump's victory in November.

Pena Nieto said Videgaray was instructed to "accelerate dialogue" with the US president-elect's team in order to establish "constructive relations" as soon as Trump succeeds Barack Obama as president on January 20.

Videgaray will shepherd US-Mexican relations regarding immigration, security and trade while ensuring the "protection" of Mexicans abroad, Pena Nieto said.

He is replacing Claudia Ruiz Massieu who, according to diplomatic sources, had opposed the Republican billionaire's August 31 visit to the official Los Pinos residence.

Trump's meeting with Pena Nieto had shocked Mexicans, who were angry at the candidate for calling migrants from their country "rapists" while vowing to deport millions and make Mexico pay for a huge border wall.

Mexicans lashed out at Pena Nieto, whose approval rating was already below 25 percent, for holding back criticism of Trump during their joint press appearance. Videgaray resigned as finance minister a week later and Pena Nieto admitted that his friend had been "greatly weakened" by his role in arranging Trump's visit.

The Mexican government said Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had also been invited, but she declined the offer.