Mexico must be ready for bilateral U.S. trade deal: minister

09/12/2018 – Reuters 

Ildefonso GuajardoMexico expects U.S.-Canada talks on trade to yield an agreement, but Mexico must be ready to pursue a bilateral trade deal with the United States if Ottawa and Washington do not come to terms, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Wednesday.

Mexico and the United States announced on Aug. 27 they had reached an agreement following months of grinding talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Guajardo told reporters in Mexico City that Mexico remained very interested in Canada joining the agreement to make it trilateral, which he said would be a “great asset”.

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