Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has rejected criticism of his controversial meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
"I did it for Mexico and the Mexicans," Pena Nieta said at a meeting with young people on Thursday.
Given Trump's repeated attacks, he had only two choices, the Mexican president asserted: to return the insults or seek a dialogue. He said he had decided on the second option.
Pena Nieto drew fire at home for extending an invitation to talks with Trump in Mexico on Wednesday that was widely condemned by Mexicans angry at Trump's history of anti-Mexican rhetoric.
Since starting his presidential campaign, Trump has repeatedly referred to Mexican immigrants to the United States as criminals and rapists.
Trump also reiterated his hard-line policy proposals on illegal immigration and border security in a policy speech he gave in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday after returning to the United States.