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Mexico may leave NAFTA if renegotiation unfavourable: minister

REUTERS
Published Jan 24, 2017, 7:56 pm IST
Updated Jan 24, 2017, 8:23 pm IST
Trump has vowed to withdraw from NAFTA, which took effect in 1994, if he cannot renegotiate it to benefit US interests.
Mexico Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo. (Photo: AP)
 Mexico Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo. (Photo: AP)

Mexico City: Mexico could pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if a renegotiation of its terms does not benefit Latin America's second largest economy, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Tuesday.

"There could be no other option. Go for something that is less than what we already have? It would not make sense to stay," Guajardo said when asked on local television if Mexico could pull out of the trade deal with Canada and the United States.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw from NAFTA, which took effect in 1994, if he cannot renegotiate it to benefit American interests.

Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday and said he would renegotiate NAFTA "at the appropriate time."

Senior U.S. and Mexican officials will meet this week in Washington to discuss trade, security and immigration. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Trump will meet at the end of January.

Pena Nieto said on Monday he will aim to preserve tariff-free commerce under NAFTA in talks with the new U.S. government.

 

NAFTA and other trade deals became lightning rods for American voter anger in the industrial heartland states that swept Trump to victory in the Nov. 8 election.

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