US, Mexico discuss immigration and NAFTA

Roman Schwartz
August 13, 2018

Mexico's Economy Minister said on Friday that bilateral talks with the United States over the future of the NAFTA trade deal will drag into next week, and the timing of Canada's return to the negotiations will depend on how fast they resolve issues.

Trump appeared to be referring to efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada in his tweet from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

The US-Mexico NAFTA talks resumed three weeks ago, without Canada at the table, after negotiations involving all three members of one of the world's largest trade blocs stalled in June.

Asked about progress on autos rules of origin, he said: "Nothing is close until everything is close, but there are items in every element that is being discussed".

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"Today more than ever, we see an important window of opportunity, a very significant possibility that (pending issues) will be resolved", said Cervantes, who serves as an industry adviser to the Mexican negotiating team.

Administration officials and congressional aides have said the auto tariff probe, like the metals tariffs, in part is aimed at winning concessions during ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks. "We have to make sure that the US-Mexico bilaterals are done".

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has earlier talked of a "new relationship" with the United States. "It is not clear if we will finish this week or the next". "It's the only way we'll get to a deal".

Guajardo said negotiators were leaving some issues for last and that the sunset clause, which was "highly complex", had not yet been touched.

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