Trump at G20 with Mexican President: Mexico 'Absolutely' Paying for Border Wall

President Enrique Pena Nieto and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, held their first official meeting Friday they said allowed them to strengthen cooperation and discuss renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

In a radio interview, Mexico's foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, described the meeting as "friendly and respectful" and said the wall was not discussed.

Pena Nieto spoke through an interpreter, to thank Trump for the meeting at which the two would discuss trade, migration, security and organized crime.

In response to a shouted question from a reporter about whether he still wants Mexico to pay for the border wall, which aims to keep out illegal immigrants, Trump said, "Absolutely".

He replied with one word, "absolutely", when asked if he still planned to pursue that policy.

Mexico has repeatedly insisted it would not pay for such a wall, a proposal that won Trump some of his loudest applause during his campaign. President Trump emphasized the strong bilateral relationship that the United States enjoys with Mexico and noted the importance of renegotiating NAFTA to help workers in both countries.

Earlier this year, the Mexican government announced that the two presidents had agreed not to talk in public about the wall, a deal that Trump has honoured in the breach.

Seated next to Putin on the sidelines of an economic summit in Germany, Trump said it was "an honor" to be with Putin.

The Trump administration has emphasized the need to stem the flow of drugs, heroin in particular, from Mexico to the US.

A White House readout of the meeting also did not mention the border wall.

He said: "That subject was not part of the conversation".

"The issue of the wall was not discussed, it was not part of the conversation", Videgaray told reporters after the meeting, adding that the U.S. and Mexico share a "complex relationship with many, many issues".

Trump looked to downplay the appearance of tension in their brief encounter on Friday, calling Pena Nieto a "friend".

He said of Trump's comments: "I didn't hear it. Pena also didn't hear it".