Canada USA and Mexico sign the final version of a “historic” trade agreement after two years of talks

Banderas de México, Canadá y Estados Unidos

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The representatives of Canada, the United States and Mexico have signed on Tuesday the renewed North American trade agreement (TMEC) in Mexico City after overcoming the last negotiating pitfalls related to the demands of unions and US Democratic congressmen.

Canada  USA and Mexico sign the final version of a “historic” trade agreement after two years of talks
Canada USA and Mexico sign the final version of a “historic” trade agreement after two years of talks

The Vice Prime Minister of Canada, Chrystia Freeland, the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, and the Undersecretary for North America, Jesus Seade Kuri, have finally signed the treaty modifications in the National Palace Treasury room.

“Thanks to President Trump's leadership we have reached a historic agreement. After working with Republicans, Democrats and other parties over the past two years we have created an agreement that benefits American workers and farmers over the next few years. This will be a model of trade agreement for the United States for the future, “Lighthizer applauded.

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has attended the event, stressed that the TMEC is large and will help boost the economic growth of the three nations.

Shortly before, the leader had warned that the endorsement of the parliamentarians of the partner countries is still missing, while the president of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, until now the main opponent of the original agreement signed by the White House He said the pending issues had been overcome.

“It means more investment for Canada, the United States and Mexico. It is about attracting more investment for North America, for this region of the world. If there is investment there is growth, if there is growth, there is well-being, if there is well-being, there is peace and there is tranquility, “said López Obrador, as reported by the Mexican magazine 'Expansión'.

The president of Mexico has said that the agreement respects the sovereignty of the three countries and at the same time strengthens development cooperation. He has also recognized the respectful treatment received by his American counterpart, Donald Trump, with whom he says he has a very good relationship.

“Look at what things are, we have been able to understand each other and very well because there is mutual respect and in both cases we consider that the best of all is dialogue, negotiation, agreement, the policy that was invented precisely to avoid war and avoid the confrontation, “he said.

Prior to signing, the Mexican president had a telephone conversation with Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to whom he expressed his gratitude.

“I spoke by phone with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and with Donald Trump, President of the United States. I thanked them both for their valuable participation and support to approve the TMEC and the distinction that it is in our country where the document is signed. corresponding, “he said on his Twitter account.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, has pointed out that despite the poor forecasts, the understanding between the three countries has been achieved in order to make progress in the ratification of the trade agreement.

“Mission accomplished,” said the minister, who commented that you always have to rely on politics and dialogue.

Freeland, for its part, has stressed the importance of the three nations taking this important step and has indicated that the pact benefits everyone. “At a time where it is increasingly difficult to close business deals, I would like to thank President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It has been a long, hard, and sometimes difficult negotiation, because we learned to work together, “he said.

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