Mexico and Turkey to accelerate free trade negotiations: Videgaray

By Elliot Bullman

Mexico´s foreign minister says that the country is open to the world and wants to strengthen its commercial investment ties with all the countries with which it has friendship.

Mexico and Turkey will accelerate bilateral negotiations to finalize a free trade agreement, said Luis Videgaray, head of the Foreign Ministry (SRE).

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The official made the announcement during a joint message with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, during his recent visit to Mexico.

"Today more than ever, Mexico is open to the world and wants to build and strengthen its commercial investment ties with all the countries with which it has friendship, regardless of geographic distance," said Videgaray.

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The Turkish foreign minister countered by stating that after seven rounds of talks, both countries will now finalize a free trade agreement.

"There have already been seven rounds of negotiation, we are going to have the next round of negotiations in the next few weeks and we have agreed to give it an accelerated impulse to seek the concretion of this agreement," said the Mexican foreign minister.

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He also said that both countries will seek to accelerate agreements to have air connectivity.

The treaty with the Euro-Asian country would come amid a likely renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in response to Donald Trump's calls for a better deal for the United States.

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