Mexico City (Abro). At a press conference on October 11, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon emphasized that the T-MEC provides a “legal pathway” to differences between governments and companies in the region, which is why – he said – it is “not justified” that Energy reform promoted by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government becomes an “issue in bilateral relations”. “That is not why it is not,” he stressed.
Contrary to the chancellor’s opinion, Washington has its sights set on this priority constitutional reform in the second half of Lopez Obrador: On Wednesday, a group of 40 Republican members of Congress demanded that Joe Biden’s Democratic government express a “clear response” to his Mexican counterpart for The “protectionist measures” implemented in recent months in the energy sector, which would constitute “discriminatory measures” against US companies.
On the same day, Ken Salazar, the Biden administration’s ambassador to Mexico, announced that he had expressed to Mexican government officials “Washington’s serious concerns” regarding energy reform, departing from the very cautious language used by Mexico’s governments. Lopez Obrador and Biden since the Democrat became president of the United States.
In their letter to the heads of state, trade, and energy departments, 40 Republican congressmen criticized the reforms promoted by the Mexican government, which “have the clear goal of giving preferential treatment to national companies in Energía Pemex and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), in direct contrast to the T-MEC”.
In the letter, they called on the Biden government to provide an “urgent and clear response” and “intensify its efforts to pressure the Mexican authorities to stop their discriminatory actions and provide US companies doing business or trading in Mexico with a level playing field, as proposed in T-MEC.”
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