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Mexico Pulls Aid Out Of Texas After Earthquake, Hurricane

13 September, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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The hurricane aid was offered "as good neighbors should always do in hard times". After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the country sent a convoy of soldiers, food and medical workers, along with water-treatment facilities and a kitchen to feed 7,000 people a day.

The aid Mexico promised the U.S.to help with victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas will now be redirected back to Mexico after the country was hit by a magnitude 8.1 quake that killed 95 people and a hurricane of its own.

The announcement by Mexico that it was withdrawing its offer to help Texas must have caught someone's attention in Washington.

"Given these circumstance, the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to serve the families and communities affected in the national territory", the foreign ministry statement said. Shortly after, the Los Angeles Times reported that Hurricane Katia pummeled Mexico's gulf coast, leaving at least two dead in its wake. Specifically, Mexico offered to provide Harvey storm emergency assistance, making a diplomatic and humanitarian show of goodwill amidst a politically contentious relationship with the president of the United States.

"Judging by the closure of most of the shelters located in the Houston area and from communication with Texas officials, it seems that, fortunately, the current need for aid has declined considerable", the statement from the Mexican government said.

"The Mexican government expresses its full solidarity with Florida given the severe damage done by Hurricane Irma", the statement said.

Though the United States and Mexico have historically been close allies, relations have been strained since Trump took office.

After the recent natural disaster that affected the country as well as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katia, Mexico has chose to put aid efforts in its own victims, pulling help from Texas.

Hours after rescinding the aid offer, Mexico's Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray reportedly received a phone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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