Lopez Obrador’s chief negotiator to join upcoming NAFTA talks
Marcelo Ebrard, nominated to head the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE) by the next Mexican president, informed that Jesus Seade, chief NAFTA negotiator proposed by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), will go to Washington, DC. to join the renegotiation of the agreement on July 26.
“Jesus Seade will be in Washington on July 26 to participate in the renegotiation of NAFTA as part of the transition team in accordance with applicable standards. There was good willingness and openness in the negotiating team headed by Luis Videgaray and Ildefonso Guajardo,” Ebrard wrote last Saturday on his Twitter account.
While still a candidate, Lopez Obrador tapped economist Jesus Seade Kuri as chief negotiator, a position currently held by Kenneth Smith, who was director of the NAFTA office at the Mexican embassy in Washington.
The NAFTA renegotiation will be reactivated days after the conclusion of the Pacific Alliance summit in Puerto Vallarta, which will take place from July 22 and 23.
In a letter sent on July 13, AMLO asked President Donald Trump to make an effort to conclude the negotiations as a trilateral agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada.
The petition came a few days after the U.S. president reiterated that he would not mind having a separate agreement with the NAFTA members.
“To be honest, I would not mind seeing NAFTA, which would have a different name, as a separate agreement with Canada and another with Mexico. We are talking about two very different countries,” Trump said at a conference.