1. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with President Donald Trump during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Peña Nieto established that the meeting would allow for a continued strong dialogue on NAFTA, and that both countries are also working toward boosting border security and combating organized crime. Trump expressed there has been good progress on renegotiating NAFTA with Mexico. This was Trump’s first meeting with Peña Nieto since taking office.
2. The Supreme Court of Guatemala announced their decision to accept the extradition petition of Javier Duarte, former Governor of the State of Veracruz, submitted by the Mexican Government. According to Guatemalan authorities, the extradition process now depends on the logistics that will be set up by Mexican authorities in order to bring former Governor Duarte to Mexico. Javier Duarte was arrested on April 15 in Panajachel, Guatemala.
3. Prior to his participation at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, President Enrique Peña Nieto traveled to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday July 6. Both dignitaries agreed on strengthening the Strategic Partnership between both countries that which focuses on four areas: strategic and political dialogue, global challenges, growth in trade, economic development, innovation and competitiveness, and strengthening cooperation in education, higher education, research innovation and culture.
4. Mexico´s National Institute of Statistics and Geography announced this week a 0.25% increase of the country´s Consumer Price Index and a 6.31% increase in the inflation rate. The latter represents the largest increase since December 2008, when it reached 6.58% in the middle of the financial crisis. The inflation rate has been above Mexico´s Central Bank objectives throughout 2017.
5. A violent confrontation between criminal organizations resulted in the death of 26 people in the small town of Las Varas, in the municipality of Ciudad Madera. According to local authorities, the confrontation began around 6:00 am in an area near the so-called “Golden Triangle”, located between the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Durango, used by organized crime to plant, grow and process marihuana and poppy.