Mexico to decide on U.S. labour attaches, trade deal intact
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday that a dispute with the United States over a provision added to the new North American trade deal that would call for U.S. labour attaches in Mexico does not put the trade deal at risk.
Ebrard told reporters that it would be up to Mexico whether or not to accept the diplomatic attaches, since countries decide whether to accredit foreign diplomats in their territory.
An annex for the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that was presented in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday proposed the designation of up to five U.S. experts who would monitor compliance with a local labour reform in Mexico.
The annex sparked criticism from Jesus Seade, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, who said it was not included in documents signed between the three countries in Mexico last week.
(Reporting by Noe Torres; writing by Julia Love; editing by Frank Jack Daniel)