Mexico City, Mexico — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met Thursday to discuss NAFTA.
Both countries agreed that the goal of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiating rounds is to modernize the agreement and not end it, as threatened by Donald Trump.
“Both the president (Peña Nieto) and I want to work together on opportunities that benefit our citizens. NAFTA has helped create thousands of jobs and we want to find the best way to modernize it,” Trudeau said after his meeting with Peña in the capital.
“Mexico’s position has been very clear. Mexico agrees that the agreement is modernized, so that it is an instrument that favors development, “Peña Nieto said at the joint conference at the National Palace.
When challenged by the press for the possibility of the United States deciding to leave the treaty, as Trump threatened, the rulers of Mexico and Canada pointed out that the NAFTA, which has been in force since 1994, is important to consolidate North American competitiveness.
Trudeau arrived in Mexico today for an official visit that coincides with the fourth round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which began Wednesday in Washington and will run until Tuesday 17.