MEXICO: Country And US Discuss Bilateral Ties And NAFTA

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray held a meeting with Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State of the United States, to discuss issues on the bilateral agenda, including the Free Trade Agreement of North America (NAFTA) renegotiation and the Hurricane Harvey’s effects in Texas.

Both foreign ministers endorsed their commitment to advance the pending tasks regarding economic development and security. At the regional level, they discussed the situation in Venezuela and the ‘deterioration of democratic conditions’ in the South American country, according to a statement released by the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

Regarding NAFTA, Videgaray said that Mexico’s position “will continue to be constructive, putting the national interest ahead and seeking a positive outcome for the three countries involved.”

Following his meeting with Tillerson, the Mexican foreign minister answered questions from the press. Asked about the possibility of Mexico leaving NAFTA negotiating tables, Videgaray replied that this is not the case yet, but that if the result is not beneficial to the country “of course that Mexico will not continue.”

NAFTA re-negotiations with the United States and Canada are underway amid a confusing environment. Earlier this week, the U.S. President Donald Trump said there was little chance of success in the process, blaming Mexico for the failure in the search for a new deal.

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