Mexico’s incoming and outgoing ministers gathered ahead of trade talks

Vastavam web: Members of Mexico’s incoming and outgoing presidential administrations gathered on Saturday to begin collaborating before a series of key meetings on trade, the foreign ministry said in a statement.Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo spoke with Marcelo Ebrard, Graciela Marquez and Jesus Seade, who have been designated by president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as foreign minister, economy minister and NAFTA negotiator, respectively. Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, won the country’s July 1 presidential election in a landslide.

Seade, a trade veteran who served as Mexico’s ambassador in negotiations to found the World Trade Organization, will participate in the talks in Washington, the foreign ministry said.

“The negotiating team led by Luis Videgaray and Ildefonso Guajardo showed a good disposition and openness,” Ebrard wrote in a post on Twitter after the meeting. “We will be advising promptly of next steps with regards to the Pacific Alliance and the renegotiation of NAFTA.”