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Mexico: President Pena Nieto, Trump have phone conversation

  • FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2016 file photo, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands after a joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City. Before his swearing-in, Trump has already hurt Mexico's economy by pressuring automakers to shift factories out of Mexico and amid an uncertain economic outlook, the peso has plunged to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2016 file photo, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands after a joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City. Before his swearing-in, Trump has already hurt Mexico's economy by pressuring automakers to shift factories out of Mexico and amid an uncertain economic outlook, the peso has plunged to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Surrounded by journalists, protesters topple a pinata in the likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States Friday, Jan. 20 2017, amid apprehension in Mexico regarding his previous comments about Mexico and his promise to build a border wall to halt migration. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Surrounded by journalists, protesters topple a pinata in the likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States Friday, Jan. 20 2017, amid apprehension in Mexico regarding his previous comments about Mexico and his promise to build a border wall to halt migration. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

The Mexican government says President Enrique Pena Nieto has spoken by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump.

A statement issued Saturday says the two leaders' conversation happened in the morning.

It said Pena Nieto congratulated Trump on his inauguration and expressed willingness to work for the benefit of both countries "with a focus on respect for the sovereignty of both nations and shared responsibility."

Pena Nieto also reiterated his interest in maintaining dialogue. A high-level Mexican delegation is scheduled to hold talks with Trump administration officials in Washington Jan. 25-26.

Trump has promised to build a wall along the United States' southern border and make Mexico pay for it. He has also threatened some companies with a border tariff on products manufactured in Mexico and exported to the United States.