Mexico Seeks a Swift Close to NAFTA Talks

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"In the matter of trade, I think it is worth making an effort to conclude the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement".

The request for a review under NAFTA's chapter 20 provision comes one day after Mexico's president-elect publicized a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump calling for a reboot of the talks towards a new three-way continental trade pact.

The Trudeau government asked Monday for a review under NAFTA of a 30-per-cent tariff on solar panel cells by the Trump administration.

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- Autos: The U.S. Commerce Department is also investigating whether duties should be applied on all autos entering the U.S. based on the premise they pose a national security risk to the U.S. Trump has proposed tariffs of 25 per cent in a decision he insists would help American workers.

Lopez Obrador also proposed creating a free trade zone along the 185-kilometer border, roughly 115 miles, along the US that will promote investment, technological development and create jobs.

The finance ministers for Mexico and Canada on Sunday said they were optimistic about NAFTA talks with the United States, even as trade tensions spurred by USA tariffs dominated the G20 meeting of world economic leaders in Argentina.

The letter was highlighted by being read aloud to media July 22 by AMLO's designated Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard.

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The talks had moved slowly and stalled in the run-up to the July 1 presidential election in Mexico, which yielded a landslide victory for veteran leftist Lopez Obrador. Obrador wrote in the letter that was delivered to Trump at talks in Mexico on Sunday.

He reiterated to Trump his interest in working in depth on the problem of migration through a development plan that would include Central American countries.

Last week, Trump mused about separate deals with Canada and Mexico.

"Prolonging the uncertainty could stop investment in the medium and long-term, which clearly would challenge economic growth", Lopez Obrador added in his letter.

Seade and Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo will later this week travel to Washington to revive NAFTA talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Guajardo is due to meet his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday, also to discuss NAFTA.

Chile's Pinera said he met with aides to Lopez Obrador, and said he was confident the next Mexican president would remain committed to free trade.

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