The U.S. and Mexico are moving forward to discuss trade and immigration issues that have negatively impacted the relations between the neighboring countries in recent years.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met with U.S. White Home advisor Jared Kushner on Tuesday, the Mexican federal government stated, focusing primarily on migration and trade.
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcel Ebrard and John Creamer, the Chargé d’Affaires in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, also attended the conference in Mexico City. Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, previously met Kushner shortly after being elected last July.
At the time, Lopez Obrador said he wished to reset the relationship with Trump by concentrating on trade, migration, advancement, and security. Kushner played a crucial role in smoothing out negotiations between the United States and Mexico’s previous administration on a new offer to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Mexico’s previous federal government said in November it would recognize Kushner’s efforts on the pact by giving him the country’s top honor for immigrants, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, a decision quickly met with disdain by commentators on social media.
Mexico on board, EU resists
Though the U.S. and Mexico are apparently making development in trade contracts, the EU is not as convinced.
European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said on Tuesday that Washington’s “selfish” method to trade was not sustainable, however, it was premature to say that EU-U.S. trade talks were completely doomed.
The Trump administration has enforced stiff tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum and triggered a trade war with China in a quote to redress what it views as undesirable terms that contribute to a U.S. trade deficit of over $500 billion per year.
The Commission, which works out trade agreements on behalf of the 28-nation European Union, has been in talks with U.S. authorities since last July, looking to clinch a deal on manufacturing trade.
EU federal governments are now discussing a new deal, while Washington has until mid-May to choose whether to make good on President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on imports of European automobiles.
“It is too early to say that our trade discussions are doomed to fail,” Katainen explained, adding, “Although the U.S. authorities may think that selfishness is much better than cooperation, it is not a sustainable point of view. We require better, rules-based trade in the future where the global neighborhood sets the rules.”