Mexican minister sees opportunity to advance stalled NAFTA talks

Marcelo Ebrard picked by Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as foreign minister shows the letter sent by U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Mexico City Mexico

The letter also called on the U.S.to work with Mexico and Central American governments on a development plan to address the root causes of migration, proposing to tackle the poverty and violence that forces people to migrate in the first place, and create jobs while strengthening borders.

Lopez Obrador, who takes office December 1., said he was not aware of any deal Trump was referring to, but he was open to talking with the US, according to Bloomberg. Ontario-based Silfab Solar Inc., Heliene Inc. and Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., along with U.S. -based distributor Canadian Solar (USA) Inc. tabulated the provocation at the U.S. Court of International Trade in NY.

In a speech at the White House about USA manufacturing Monday, Mr. Trump also spoke optimistically about terms with Mexico.

Negotiations to reshape the 1994 pact were launched last August at the behest of Trump, who blames NAFTA for the USA trade deficit with Mexico and argues the deal has cost jobs at home.

Ottawa is requesting a NAFTA review of US tariffs targeting Canada's solar power industry under the so-called Chapter 20 dispute settlement provisions of the free trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico, the federal government announced Monday.

"The U.S. tariffs on Canadian solar panels have affected businesses and workers on both sides of the border", said in a statement Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is also responsible for the trade portfolio with the U.S.

This is an all hands on deck approach’ Trudeau responds to Harper’s comments on NAFTA strategy
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He added that "the new president", referring to Mr. Lopez Obrador, is a "terrific person", adding the United States is talking to Mexico "about something very dramatic, very positive for both countries", but gave no details.

"Mexico has always been a country committed to openness and integration and I believe that this will be maintained", he said.

If the wage floor was enacted immediately, the Canadian official said, four major Mexican auto plants would immediately go out of business.

"Both of our countries benefit from an economically prosperous North America", Trump wrote. Mexico is also adamant about rejecting this expiration date on NAFTA.

President-elect Lopez Obrador has said that he wants good relations with the United States. According to the report, as a result of the administration's tariffs, $11 million in New Hampshire exports to Canada are targeted for retaliation, and close to $1 million in exports to Mexico are targeted for retaliation.

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