Economy minister says Mexico might leave Nafta if talks unfavorable

Mexico's Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal listens as Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto announces a plan to strengthen the economics for families on Jan. 9. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
Mexico’s Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal listens as Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto announces a plan to strengthen the economics for families on Jan. 9. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

By Veronica Gomez and Alexandra Alper / Reuters

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-nafta-idUSKBN1581QF

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