Talks with the United States will cover NAFTA issues: Mexico

Vastavam web: Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Thursday that talks with the United States to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will cover all outstanding issues in the negotiations.Guajardo told reporters before a meeting at the U.S. Trade Representative office in Washington that there will not be a deal on controversial auto sector rules until all NAFTA issues are resolved.Talks among Mexico, the United States and Canada to modernize the 1994 trade pact have dragged on since last year, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he wanted a better deal for U.S. business and workers.

Guajardo added that he was keeping Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland informed on progress of discussions with the United States. He was scheduled to meet on Thursday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, without Freeland, to focus on sticking points around autos and possibly wage hikes.Before entering the trade office with Guajardo, he told reporters he felt confident that negotiators would be able to reach agreements if they move quickly, but said that auto sector rules are a “central part” of a deal.