Germany’s Merkel talks trade, human rights in Mexico

Mexico City: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she spoke with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about two of the country’s touchiest subjects: journalist murders and widespread disappearances.

The German leader says she was pleased to hear about steps to protect journalists. Six have been killed in Mexico so far this year.

In a joint news conference in Mexico City yesterday, Merkel said she expected meetings about Great Britain’s exit from the European Union to begin within days of that country forming a new government.

Both leaders expressed optimism about the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement demanded by President Donald Trump. Pena Nieto says he hopes a “global” agreement between Mexico and the European Union could be finalized by year’s end.

Merkel is in Mexico on a two-day visit.