- Title: Mexico welcomes NAFTA renegotiation - foreign minister
- Date: 18th May 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (MAY 18, 2017) (STATE TV - Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE) WIDESHOT U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON AND U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JOHN KELLY AT A NEWS CONFERENCE WITH MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER LUIS VIDEGARAY AND MEXICAN SECRETARY OF GOVERNMENT MIGUEL OSORIO (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON SAYING: "America must also confront the reality that we are the market. But for the seemingly endless demand by addicted users and the successful recruitment of young and vulnerable new users there would be no market. We as American parents and friends of those who become addicted or would be targets must take new approaches as well. We Americans must own this problem is ours. Stopping the cross-border flow of drugs is an essential step in putting an end to widespread addiction and drug related violence. Too many families in America have been devastated by illegal drugs and we must stop this epidemic in its tracks." MINISTERS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER LUIS VIDEGARAY SAYING: "Today as you all know the US trade representative sent notice to U.S. congress about its intention to start the NAFTA renegotiating. The government of Mexico welcomes this development, we are prepared, we are ready to work together with the governments of U.S. and Canada to make this trade agreement better. Better for the people of Mexico, the people of the U.S. and the people of Canada. We understand that this is a 25-year-old agreement when it was negotiated, the world has changed, we've learned a lot and we can make it better" MINSTERS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER LUIS VIDEGARAY SAYING: "While it was not a meeting where we reached new agreements or where specific strategies were developed, it was indeed a meeting where we were able to achieve fundamental agreements on the nature of the problem in our diagnostics, and also in understanding that we need to tackle jointly all of the elements in the chain of this criminal business model. We need to overcome the blame game and the finger pointing aspect, we must understand that every demand creates supply and every supply creates a demand. If the governments of Mexico and the United states discuss who's to blame who's responsible, the only one who wins is organized crime that is bringing violence and deaths on both sides of the border" OFFICIALS SHAKING HANDS
- Embargoed: 1st June 2017 17:39
- Keywords: Miguel Osorio Luis Videgaray John Kelly Rex Tillerson Mexico
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HDA5ON
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Mexico welcomes the opportunity to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Canada, Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray said in Washington on Thursday (May 18).
Videgaray spoke after the Trump administration formally launched its effort to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico to try to win better terms for U.S. workers and manufacturers.
"The government of Mexico welcomes this development," Videgaray said at a news conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other Mexican and U.S. officials at the State Department. "We understand that this is a 25-year-old agreement when it was negotiated, the world has changed, we've learned a lot and we can make it better."
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