August 21, 2018 / 10:11 PM / 8 months ago

Top Mexican trade official to hold NAFTA talks on Wednesday

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo speaks to the media during a news conference at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Mexico May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between Mexico’s top trade official and his U.S. counterpart will not take place until Wednesday, officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo’s meeting with U.S. officials in Washington is scheduled for Wednesday, said a ministry spokesman. Guajardo himself said last week he was expecting to hold meetings again in Washington this Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray will not participate in Tuesday’s talks, said a Mexican embassy source.

Jesus Seade, Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s representative in the trade talks, did meet on Tuesday with officials at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington, the ministry added.

Reporting by Sharay Angulo, Anthony Esposito & Adriana Barrera

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