T-MEC consultations begin on the energy dispute between Mexico and the U.S.

The second T-MEC consultations meeting will be held in Mexico, informed the Secretary of the Economy, Tatiana Clouthier.

T-MEC consultations begin on the energy dispute between Mexico and the U.S.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during the morning press conference. Photo: Agencies

The United States and Canada asked for talks under the Mexico-US-Canada Agreement (T-MEC) to talk about Mexico's energy policy. These talks started on Tuesday.

The first meeting was scheduled in a virtual format, while the Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, previously informed us that the second meeting would be face-to-face in Mexico.

For his part, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador detailed Wednesday during the morning press conference that the consultations could be addressed during the visit to Mexico of the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

"I think he will [touch on the issue of consultations] because we consider that it is not a technical issue but a political one. We have very good economic relations, "stated the President.

AMLO argued that, within the framework of the electric reform debate, he held meetings with companies to reach agreements and affirmed that during his visit to Washington with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, consultations were not addressed.

In all cases, a response was given. In several of these matters, it was concluded in investments of US companies in Mexico; in other cases, in solving problems, there were pending issues, he stated.

"And then I went to the US and there was no complaint about anything. President Biden, very generous, a very good person," he added.

On July 20, the United States requested the mechanism due to energy policies of the Latin American nation that it considers discriminatory and that "harm" its companies.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) explained that these are measures that, according to the USTR, hurt US companies and help the Mexican state-owned companies Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

For its part, Canada also launched its consultations with Mexico on its energy policies, which it says are inconsistent with the T-MEC.