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Mexican official says he's 'very satisfied' with USMCA after recent concern

Mexican official says he's 'very satisfied' with USMCA after recent concern
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Jesús Seade, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, said Monday that he is “very satisfied” with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after last-minute talks between the two countries, The Washington Post reported.

The deputy foreign minister expressed concern over the weekend that the U.S. had added a provision to allow U.S. labor attaches to monitor factories in Mexico. But Seade said the dispute was cleared up after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerWhiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 MORE Monday.

The trade deal currently will allow an independent panel chosen by both countries to probe allegations of employee mistreatment at factories, according to the Post. Lighthizer released a letter to Seade that said the attaches would not be “labor inspectors.”

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Seade told reporters the trade representative’s letter “absolutely” ended the controversy.

“This is very categorical: These personnel will not be labor inspectors,” he said.

The deputy foreign minister had previously denounced the deal released last week after saying he was not consulted about the controversial attaches.

The USMCA is designed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE has condemned. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (D-Calif.) and Trump reached an agreement on the long-awaited trade deal last week. 

The White House sent legislation to the House for approval Friday, and both the House and Senate are expected to pass the new deal.