Energy dispute will not be on the agenda of EU-Mexico talks: Ebrard

The dispute between the United States and Mexico over the energy policies generated during the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador will not be on the agenda of bilateral talks between high-ranking government officials next week, Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard reported on Tuesday.

The United States Secretary of State, Anthony BlinkenY Marcelo Ebrard will meet for the so-called High-Level Economic Dialogue on September 12 in the city of Monterrey, amid ongoing discussions among trade officials on the energy dispute.

The objective of the meeting is not to go into the energy issue because there is already a process that the Ministry of Economy is following with the United States Trade Representative.

“Then it would not make sense to meet with the Secretary of State to talk about something that is already being discussed by the relevant areas,” added the chancellor.

Instead, Ebrard stated that they would explore his vision to North America during the “next 20 years”.

Key topics to be discussed include semiconductors, telecommunications fifth-generation (5G) and electromobility, Ebrard said, referring to efforts on the continent to make batteries for electric cars.

On July 20, Washington released a demand for dispute resolution talks under the United States-Mexico-Canada (TMEC) trade agreement, arguing that Mexican energy policies They discriminate against their companies. Canada quickly joined the US complaint.

According to the rules of TMEC, if the complaint is not resolved within 75 days of the consultations, a dispute panel may be requested to review the complaints. However, an official familiar with the matter said those talks could end beyond 75 days.

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Last month, Ebrard stated that Mexico hoped the dispute could be resolved before it reaches an arbitration panel. (rts)

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