Mexico plans to seek trade deals with TPP countries, prepares for US talks
President Enrique Pena Nieto lays out the country's foreign policy priorities as it prepares to open negotiations with the Trump administration this week
Mexico will seek bilateral trade deals with
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries and work to
broaden its export markets and increase investment from Asia,
Latin America and Europe, President Enrique Peña Nieto
In a speech laying out Mexico’s
foreign policy priorities as it prepares for negotiations with
the new administration of US President Donald Trump,
Peña Nieto said he would also look to keep trade flows
between Mexico, Canada and the US free of tariffs.
The Mexican president spoke hours after Trump, who
has vowed to renegotiate the North American Trade Agreement
(NAFTA), signed an executive order withdrawing the US from the
TPP, a trade pact that includes Mexico and 10 other
This week, Mexico’s Foreign Minister
Luis Videgaray and Economy Minister Ildelfonso Guajardo will
meet with senior Trump administration officials in Washington.
Peña Nieto and Trump spoke by telephone on Saturday and
are scheduled to meet on January 31, according to White House
Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
During his speech, Peña Nieto said reaching
a solution in the talks would require "dialogue and
negotiation" and listed 10 priorities that included respect for
Mexican immigrants, the continued flow of remittances to
families in Mexico and a call to cut down on the flow of
illegal weapons to Mexico.
"Our foreign policy in the coming years will focus
on two main priorities: strengthening Mexico’s
connections with the world and developing a new phase of
dialogue and negotiation with the US," he said.
Mexico will look to develop closer economic ties
with other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, deepen
trade links with the EU and strengthen business ties with Asia,
Peña Nieto said.
He also criticized Trump’s plans to
build a wall along the US-Mexico border. Trump has repeatedly
said Mexico will pay for the wall – a claim
Peña Nieto has repeatedly denied.
"While Mexico respects the right of every country to
guarantee its security, Mexico does not believe in walls," he
said. "Our country believes in bridges. We will work for a
border that unites us and does not divide us."