Nafta can be discussed but not renegotiated, says Mexico

No date has been set for talks but President Enrique Pena Nieto has said he and Trump have agreed to meet.
No date has been set for talks but President Enrique Pena Nieto has said he and Trump have agreed to meet.

BBC

Mexico is willing to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with US President-elect Donald Trump, the government says.

Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Mexico would try to explain the “strategic importance” of the deal for the region to Trump, who has heavily criticized it.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said he was open to talks.

Nafta came into effect between the three countries in 1994.

Trump has called it the worst trade deal the U.S. has ever signed.

His strong protectionist sentiments on the campaign trail helped to win support in areas that were formerly manufacturing centers. The Republican has pledged to bring back US jobs lost to globalization.

Mexico and Canada fear losing access to the US market, on which they heavily depend.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37945913

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