Lopez Obrador became Mexico's President elect in a landslide victory on July 1, on a socialist platform advocating financial aid for students and the elderly, energy reform, slashing the wages of politicians and increased social spending.
Canada is fighting the new US tariffs on imported solar panels by saying the fees violate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Jesus Seade, Lopez Obrador's chief negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), speaks during a interview in Mexico City, Mexico July 2, 2018.
Mexico is heavily dependent on the United States as an export market and Trump's threats to pull out of NAFTA have rattled investors and put pressure on the peso currency.
The negotiations, which had effectively stalled as Canada and Mexico struggled to accommodate US demands for major changes, will resume in Washington on Thursday. Gonzalez Anaya added that he had a "very good chat" during an informal meeting last week with Carlos Urzua, who Lopez Obrador has tapped for the finance minister's role. The talks, which began 11 months ago, have been bogged down by several points of contention, including United States demands for tighter auto manufacturing rules.
The office of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had no immediate comment on the letter.
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The president-elect seemed to lean on his and Trump's shared anti-establishment candidacies in the letter, saying, "I am encouraged by the fact that we both know how to fulfill what we say and we have faced adversity successfully".
His plans to curb immigration to the USA include job creation, advancing infrastructure, creating a free trade zone along the US border and expanding tourism. It said the American and Mexican administrations should work together on trade, migration, development and security.
US-Mexican relations have been severely soured since Trump won the 2016 presidential election after a campaign laced with anti-Mexican insults, attacks on NAFTA and vows to make Mexico pay for a wall on their border. The letter was given to US cabinet-level officials on July 13, and made public on Sunday.
"America welcomes legal immigrants from around the world, but we can not accept illegal immigration", the letter read. It called the tariff illegal and unfair.
U.S. tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum, Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy on undocumented immigrants, and President Enrique Pena Nieto's two abrupt cancellations of visits to Washington have added to the tension.
Lopez Obrador, a progressive anti-establishment leftist, won Mexico's presidential election on July 1 with 53 percent of the vote, and is set to take office on December 1.