Mexico will only stay in NAFTA based on national interest, says FM

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-11 11:10:27|Editor: Yang Yi
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MEXICO CITY, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Tuesday that Mexico will only remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), currently under renegotiation, if it is in its national interest.

Appearing before the Senate, Videgaray said the team of Mexican negotiators is reviewing the NAFTA with the United States and Canada with good will and a constructive spirit.

Videgaray said, however, that this positive attitude should not be misunderstood as Mexico abandoning its important causes and best interests.

"We will only remain in this treaty if it is in the national interest," said the foreign minister.

Mexico, the United States and Canada are set to begin the fourth round of talks for the NAFTA renegotiation, in force since 1994, on Wednesday in Washington.

Videgaray said that Mexico must be prepared for different scenarios that arise from the renegotiation, and reiterated Mexico's clear refusal to pay for a border wall planned by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump, who made the border wall a key issue during his campaign, has insisted that Mexico pay for its construction.

"This conclusion is not a negotiating position, it is not a Mexican strategy. It is part of a fundamental principle of dignity and sovereignty," Videgaray said.