US, Mexico NAFTA negotiators to resume talks next week: minister

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US President Donald Trump tweeted that a "deal with Mexico is coming along nicely", emphasizing that "autoworkers and farmers must be taken care of or there will be no deal".

Trump appeared to be referring to efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada in his tweet from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Mexico's economy minister on Thursday said his team was working hard to strike a deal with the United States on new rules for the auto industry, which could pave the way for Canada to rejoin talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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The negotiations stalled due to Trump's favour for a sunset clause in U.S. trade agreements, requiring parties to renew them every five years.

Administration officials and congressional aides have said the auto tariff probe, like the metals tariffs, in part is aimed at winning concessions during ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks.

United States and Mexican officials have said they aim to conclude discussions this month and it is the third straight week ministers have traveled to Washington for meetings.

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Talks are due to continue Friday and include Jesus Seade, economics adviser to Mexico's President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

"But we have to make sure that the US-Mexico bilaterals (are) done", he said. "Nobody will threaten us that our borders will be closed or militarised", Lopez Obrador, who takes office December 1, had said.

But the USA side was sticking to a hard stance in the final stretch of the year-old NAFTA talks, trying to extract concessions as another late August deadline for a deal approaches, one industry representative said.

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