A proposal for a deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after top U.S. and Mexican negotiators met again Saturday in Washington, according to a Bloomberg report.
“We’re doing well,” Jesús Seade, Mexico’s top North American negotiator, told Agri-Pulse and other news outlets Saturday when asked if a deal had been reached. “I’m confident. We’re close.”
Saturday was the third day of talks between Seade and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as the two tried to work out Mexican opposition to new U.S. demands for the trade pact that would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.
It’s unclear what was agreed in regards to a demand from House Democrats that inspectors be allowed to enter Mexican factories to make sure they are complying with labor reforms that allow workers to unionize and rewrite contracts.
The Trump administration was also demanding this week that Mexico limit the amount of steel and aluminum from non-NAFTA countries that can be used to make cars and car parts that Mexico exports to the U.S. and Canada.
Seade left for Mexico Saturday, but told reporters he would return to Washington on Monday.
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