Relations between Mexico and the United States are not getting worse, but the rate at which things are getting better has been slow.
Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., Gerónimo Gutiérrez, made the following comments on Wednesday in a speech he gave in Washington, D.C.: “The Mexican government has, in a sense, exercised strategic patience in trying to cope with a series of issues during the past months,” adding, “That’s the instruction that we received from [Mexican] President [Enrique] Peña Nieto. That’s where we will continue to be.”
Gutiérrez said that he sees a bright future for the two countries, but Mexico still has concerns about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has stalled as of late. “The past few months, we think we’ve seen things improve a little,” said Gutiérrez, adding, “And although we are still very far from where Mexico believes we should be, the prospects, certainly, of having a good deal in the future have improved.”
According to a report on Fox News, the Trump administration’s trade policy has been stymied by the Senate Finance Committee’s decision to postpone the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to head the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Gutiérrez noted that negotiations with Mexico and other nations on trade won’t take place until Lighthizer is confirmed, and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer agreed, saying that talks on NAFTA would resume after Lighthizer’s confirmation. However, Mexico’s presidential election and the U.S.’ 2018 midterms are just around the corner.
“In my view, it’s not wise to go into an election year having a trade negotiation open,” said Gutiérrez. “In any circumstance and for any country, that’s very risky.”
Gutiérrez noted that the areas of e-commerce and telecommunications have progressed since 1994 when the agreement went into effect. “We did not have e-commerce 23 years ago,” he pointed out.
H/T: The Hill
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