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Videgaray meets with Kushner and Cohn at White House

One day after discussing again with the Mexican Senate parameters for negotiations with the U.S., Foreign Minister Videgaray made a previously unannounced trip to Washington, where he met with presidential assistants Jared Kushner and Gary Cohn.  At a press conference at the Mexican embassy afterwards, Videgaray reiterated his optimistic timetable for trade talks with the U.S.:

“I want to be precise.  Based on conversations today at the White House … both countries will be able to formally start a dialogue on trade issues at the end of June or, perhaps, at the beginning of July.”

This is a far more aggressive timetable than Wilbur Ross had suggested one day earlier, and would require the U.S. administration to send to Congress the required 90-day notice under the TPA no later than the beginning of April.

Wilbur Ross throws wrench into timing of NAFTA talks

In his first commentary since being confirmed as Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross said on Bloomberg TV that formal negotiations with Mexico on NAFTA would not start until “the latter part of this year” and could be expected to take “substantially longer than a year.” Both Videgaray and Guajardo have been pushing for talks to begin in June and to be completed before the end of 2017.