Mexico says it is withdrawing its offer of aid to the USA as it needs those resources to clean up after its own hurricane and a massive earthquake, the government has announced.
As Hurricane Harvey was still pummelling Houston, Mexico reached out with an offer of help.
In a statement, the country offered food, generators and medical aid “as good neighbours should always do in trying 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 7000 people a day.
In a statement, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said that all aid will now be directed to families and communities suffering from the pair of natural disasters.
At least 95 people were killed in last week’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake off Mexico’s Pacific coast, and thousands of homes were destroyed.
Hurricane Katia made landfall on Friday, just north of Tecolutla on Mexico’s Gulf Coast.
The government estimates that some 2.5 million people are in need of aid, and survivors are still waiting for help in some areas.
“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.
“Mexico will be aware of the development of this phenomenon in the following days, and hopes that soon the state of Florida as well as the state of Texas and the state of Louisiana will recover from the damages caused by the hurricanes that have impacted them,” the statement said.
Though the United States and Mexico have historically been close allies, relations have been strained since Trump took office.