Leaders discuss the modernization of NAFTA 2.0 for the 21st Century
Texas Border Business
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, met with Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today in Washington to discuss negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Congressman Cuellar has known both Secretary Videgaray and President Enrique Peña Nieto personally for many years.
Congressman Cuellar also met with Mexico’s Under Secretary for North America Carlos Manuel Sada Solano, and Mexican Ambassador to the United States Gerónimo Gutiérrez, who were also in attendance to discuss bilateral issues with Secretary Videgaray.
Congressman Cuellar, an expert in international trade, represents some of the busiest ports in the country in South Texas, including the third largest customs district in the United States. The customs district, which includes Laredo and the various ports in the Rio Grande Valley, is third in the country only after Los Angeles and New York. Congressman Cuellar’s congressional district is also home to the largest inland port in the entire western hemisphere, Laredo.
The two leaders discussed ways in which we can modernize NAFTA and increase international trade between the United States and Mexico through different modes of transportation. They also discussed tax reform, the North American Development Bank (NADBank) and general issues of border security.
“The Secretary and I discussed how to further build on the positive relationship between our two countries to increase trade and tourism,” Congressman Cuellar said. “We have a great opportunity to remake a NAFTA 2.0 that works for our modernized economies and our people. I thank Secretary Videgaray for visiting with me and other Members of Congress in Washington and I look forward to working with him on the renegotiation of NAFTA and efforts that benefit our countries.”