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US, Canada Say Mexico Energy Moves Break Trade Deal; Seek Talks

  • Washington, Ottawa want consultations under regional accord
  • USTR argues Mexico’s favoring of state utility violates pact
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The US and Canada said Mexico’s nationalist energy policies violate North America’s free-trade deal, with Washington requesting dispute-settlement talks under the agreement and Ottawa saying it will do the same.

Mexico’s moves to prioritize energy from its state utility over private renewables companies, as well as denials and revocations of US firms’ abilities to operate in the country’s energy sector, are among the issues the US is concerned about,  the Office of the US Trade Representative said in a statement Wednesday.