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Mexico Is Said to Push for NAFTA Agreement by End of August

July 23, 2018

Mexico is redoubling its efforts to reach a NAFTA agreement with the U.S. and Canada by the end of August to increase certainty for investors and take the heat off incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, according to three people familiar with the negotiations.

A deal next month would allow Lopez Obrador to focus on domestic priorities when he takes office Dec. 1, while shielding him from any potential criticism involving the outcome of the negotiations, according to the people, who asked not to be named discussing private talks. Republicans in November’s midterms could also tout the deal as proof that President Donald Trump made good on his 2016 presidential campaign pledge to fix or abandon NAFTA.

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