The US says it has "issues to work on" with Mexico on the Energy Reform proposed by AMLO
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The United States Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm acknowledged this Thursday that there are “issues to work on” with the Mexican government due to the controversial electrical reform promoted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador..
“Like all friends, there may be issues that we are also going to work on, in the electrical reform, but we know that in the end we are going to be strong allies,” Granholm declared in his first event of his two-day tour in Mexico.
Granholm met with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and with the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, at the beginning of his trip to the country, where he will also meet this afternoon with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The US secretary, according to the Embassy, will convey to Mexican politicians and citizens Washington's commitment to investments in clean energy and increased diversity in the international energy sector.
"Mexico has an enviable and amazing series of clean resources that we want to talk about," Granholm stated in his initial message.
But his visit occurs as pressure grows from US businessmen and legislators for López Obrador's constitutional reform that seeks to limit private participation in electricity generation to 46% to favor the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), a state company.
The reform would also eliminate autonomous energy regulators, cancel previous contracts and prioritize CFE's fossil plants over private renewables., for which critics denounce that it violates the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC).
Without referring to these concerns yet, Granholm stressed the importance of Mexico and the United States "strongly supporting a strong North American economy."
"The meetings that our leaders had in Washington (last November) really emphasize the importance of a strong North America and we're excited to be able to bring that," the secretary said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ebrard promised that in the conversation they will "seek opportunities in terms of energy for the coming years."
"We are going to have a fresh and direct conversation (about) electromobility, the energy in the future, (and) opportunities that we have," he said.
Before this first meeting, López Obrador announced in his morning conference that this Friday there will be "good news" about energy in the framework of the official's visit.
“You are welcome, well received. There are many issues to discuss and report on our energy policy. Thank them because they have been respectful of the independent energy policy,” added the Mexican president during his morning conference.
Granholm will also participate on Friday at 8:30 local time (14:30 GMT) in a round table on Mexican women in energy, where she will talk with her Mexican counterpart, Rocío Nahle; the Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Luz María de la Mora, and the Head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum.
That same day, the US secretary will give a press conference at 12:35 local time (18:35 GMT).
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