Mexico’s outgoing government said on Tuesday it would bestow the country’s top honor for foreigners on Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.

Kushner, who also serves as a senior White House adviser, will be admitted to the Order of the Aztec Eagle because of “his significant contributions” to a new North American trade pact agreed to in August, the government said in a statement.

Kushner has often played a key diplomatic role in Trump’s administration, meeting with Mexican and other foreign leaders and helping broker the deal to update the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada joined the pact in late September.

The award is expected to be formally presented to Kushner on Thursday by outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto on the sidelines of the G-20 summit of world leaders in Buenos Aires, Mexican newspaper Reforma reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified government sources.

FILE - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his sixth and last
FILE – Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his sixth and last State of the Union address at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 3, 2018.

The summit is also where the leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada are expected to sign the revamped regional trade deal.

Past Order of the Aztec Eagle honorees include Colombian Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

FILE - Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on duri
FILE – Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, Aug. 24, 2018.

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be inaugurated on Saturday after winning a landslide election victory in July. Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, is expected to attend the swearing-in along with other U.S. officials, including Vice President Mike Pence.

Source: VOA news

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