Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mexico on Idea of Breaking NAFTA into Separate Deals: No Gracias

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mexico on Idea of Breaking NAFTA into Separate Deals: No Gracias

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Mexico on bilateral NAFTAs: No thanks

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WASHINGTON - Mexico's chief NAFTA negotiator is brushing off the idea of breaking the three-country agreement into separate one-on-one deals.

Kenneth Smith Ramos is using Twitter to argue for the merits of a trilateral NAFTA.

He said that gives it strength.

He made the statement a day after a confusing sequence of events in the U.S. capital.

After a Capitol Hill meeting between U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer and American lawmakers, one of them left the meeting and said Lighthizer floated the idea of two NAFTA negotiations: A quick one with Mexico and one later with Canada which Lighthizer described as more difficult.

After three other lawmakers refused to confirm or deny what Lighthizer said and he wouldn't comment, his office eventually reiterated support for a three-country NAFTA. …

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