1. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 the fifth round of the NAFTA renegotiation talks began in Mexico City. Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, announced that Mexico will respond to U.S. proposals related to the automobile sector and establishing a sunset clause. The Secretary of Economy stated that all parties may reach an agreement on chapters that pertain to telecommunications and anti-corruption at the end of the fifth round. This round will conclude on November 21st.
2. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto formally enacted the General Law on Disappearances that was approved by the Mexican Congress last October. This new law creates the National Person Search System and the National Registry of Missing and Non-Localized Persons. The families of missing persons believe that this system and registry will serve as additional tools to combat the impunity in Mexico.
3. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with Uruguay’s President, Tabaré Vázquez Rosas, in Mexico City on November 14, 2017. Peña Nieto and Vázquez Rosas committed to strengthen and enrich all areas of the bilateral relationship. The Office of the Mexican Presidency stated that the overall trade balance between Mexico and Uruguay amounts to USD$170 million.
Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, Milenio
4. Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow on November 17, 2017. Videgaray and Lavrov rejected all claims that Russia has the intention to meddle in the 2018 Mexican presidential election. The foreign ministers agreed to boost bilateral trade and investment in coordination with the business sector in both countries.