Can Mexico's new leader reset relations with Trump?

Marcelo Ebrard picked by Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as foreign minister shows the letter sent by U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Mexico City Mexico

"In the matter of trade, I think it is worth making an effort to conclude the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement".

Soon after taking office, President Donald Trump made good on his campaign promise and announced that the USA would seek to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, ) a multilateral agreement with Canada and Mexico that was put into effect in 1994. The United States has imposed a 30-per-cent safeguard tariff on imports of solar panels from all countries, including Canada.

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President Donald Trump during a White House event Monday said his administration "may have something worked out with Mexico" on trade.

A safeguard tariff is one the three trade remedies allowed for under the World Trade Organization rules, which also include anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties.

The Trump administration inflict the tariff in January succeeding the US International Trade Commission discovered that imports of crystalline silicon one of the principle constituents of photovoltaic technology in solar panels engender a harmful injury to American producers. "We will try to make emigration optional and not necessary", Lopez Obrador wrote in the seven-page letter.

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The Canadian government believes these measures are "unfair and illegal".

But both men say they had a positive phone call the day after Mexico's July 1 election, and Lopez Obrador has invited Trump to his inauguration.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland and her colleagues - Finance Minister bill Morneau and the Minister of worldwide trade Jim Carr. - this week will travel to Mexico city to meet with the future Mexican leader a week later after President trump has voiced the idea of a separate economic deals with Canada and Mexico.

In the letter, Trump said that countries need to increase cooperation.

"Prolonging the uncertainty could slow down investments in the medium and long-term".

Seade and Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo will later this week travel to Washington to revive NAFTA talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Shortly after Mr. Trump's inauguration, the Americans presented the Canadians with what the official described as a back-of-the-napkin agreement that Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and presidential adviser, had purportedly reached with Mexico's Mr. Videgaray.

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