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Justin Trudeau needs to speak in front of the mexican Senate on Friday.
MÉXICO — The dual approach of diplomacy, both formal and public the liberal government was fully deployed, on Thursday for the first official visit of the prime minister Justin Trudeau in Mexico.
The protocol put in place for the home to a large pump torque-Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire to the Mexico city airport was followed by a commemorative ceremony to acknowledge the efforts of Mexico to repel an american invasion in the 1850s — a striking image, while Canada and Mexico are wondering how to resist requests muscled of the United States in the renegotiation of the free trade Agreement north american (NAFTA).
Dozens of journalists mexicans were at the airport to welcome the canadian delegation. The president Enrique Peña Nieto was present in the company of senior political officials including the minister of foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, and the deputy minister for North America, Carlos Sada.
If NAFTA remains in the heart of the bilateral meeting Thursday with mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, the government of Canada also plays on a table in the longer term.
The presidential term of Mr. Peña Nieto might come to an end, elections are scheduled in 2018. It is also one of the reasons why negotiators to try to secure a new free trade agreement before the end of the year.
One of the objectives of the journey of Justin Trudeau is precisely to prepare the ground in order to maintain a good relationship with the person who will succeed to Mr. Peña Nieto.
Justin Trudeau needs to speak in front of the mexican Senate on Friday to reaffirm that Canada considers Mexico as a major partner, and he wants to maintain a good working relationship.
On Thursday, the prime minister and his wife visited the places damaged by the two earthquakes of last month. Tens of thousands of homes and apartments were destroyed during the two earthquakes of September. At least 369 people have lost their lives in the second quake.
Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Gregory have visited a centre of distribution of essential products to the Red Cross, where they gave baby products, food and household products.
The leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico appear less optimistic about the survival of the NAFTA. Prior to his meeting with Mr. Trudeau, on Wednesday, the us president Donald Trump said that it would be quite acceptable that the trade agreement is to be purely and simply cancelled.
Mr. Trump has also said to be ready to conclude a bilateral agreement of free trade with Canada if the negotiations for the NAFTA, which also involve Mexico, fail — an eventuality that Mr. Trudeau did not close the door.
During his visit to Washington Wednesday, Justin Trudeau has acknowledged for the first time the possibility that North America is without a NAFTA.
Earlier this week, the mexican minister of foreign Affairs said that this would not be the end of the world if his country decides to waive just to the agreement. He also warned that Mexico would not accept of the terms “limited” or ” trade-led “.
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has promised to continue to defend the agreement, but some of his collaborators have begun to prepare the ground for possible failure.
For his part, the former ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, criticized ” our canadian friends have gone close on several occasions, we give up “. He then asked what Mexico should do to ensure that Canada remains committed to the conclusion of a tripartite agreement.
Questioned about a possible bilateral agreement with Mexico, Mr. Trudeau said that he knew that other pathways might be explored, and that they would be needed.
“I continue to believe in the NAFTA ; I continue to believe that working together in complementarity, across the continent, remains what is the best thing to do for our citizens and economic growth. It allows us to be stronger to compete with the rest of the global economy, ” said prime minister Trudeau.