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Mexico foreign minister keen to start NAFTA talks in U.S.

Staff Writer | May 15, 2017
Mexico is looking forward to talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement now that U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for trade representative has been approved, the country's foreign minister said.
Luis Videgaray
Relations   Mexico wanted grow its ties with China
Luis Videgaray said he and Mexico's Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong would visit Washington, D.C., next week as the two countries seek to end a dispute over sugar exports and prepare for talks over renegotiating NAFTA.

"There's finally a trade representative," Videgaray told reporters. "For us it's good news that the process is closer to starting. Mexico is ready to enter into a serious negotiation."

Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said he thought talks would probably start towards the end of August.

Guajardo said all three countries must recognize NAFTA's positive contributions before starting.

"We can't start negotiating if there isn't a recognition that this treaty has benefited and enriched the three nations. If not, the conditions aren't there to negotiate," Guajardo said at an event in the northern city of Monterrey.

Videgaray said Mexico wanted grow its ties with China, and said meetings with Chinese officials had been planned for this year.