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On Friday, Oct. 8, officials from the the United States and Mexico held a call with one another to discuss the potential effects Mexico’s proposed electric reform could have on the relationship between the two countries, less than two weeks after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) sent the reform to Congress for approval.

Mexico’s Deputy Secretary of Foreign Trade Luz María de la Mora and U.S. Deputy Commercial Representative Jayme White likewise used the call to discuss Mexico’s entire energy policy, as well as agricultural biotechnology.

“Ambassador White emphasized several current bilateral issues, including Mexico’s energy policy and the importance of Mexican authorities reestablishing authorization for biotech agricultural products,” said the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in a statement on Friday.

The subject of the proposed electric reform has been contentious across the United States and Mexico, as many experts have warned it could potentially violate guidelines laid out in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

As the proposal moves toward a vote in Mexico’s Congress, the window of time for the United States to intervene on its own end is coming to a close, prompting U.S. President Joe Biden to send a letter to López Obrador urging for collaboration between the neighboring countries.

“We are stronger when we work together and I look forward to our joint efforts to come,” said Biden.

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