Japan on Monday won support from visiting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto for its entry into talks on a US-backed Asia-Pacific trade accord.
The president announced Mexico's support during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday evening.
Pena was quoted by the Kyodo News agency as saying that Japan must share the same high-level goal as existing members if it is to join the talks on the proposed pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Mexico formally joined the trade talks in November along with Canada. The president said he hoped Japan's entry would not negatively affect the goal to reach an agreement within the year, Kyodo reported.
Pena is scheduled to meet with Japanese political and business leaders during his visit through Wednesday. He is expected to call for more investment by Japanese companies in his country.
Abe declared in March that Japan intended to join the trade talks, which currently involve 11 Pacific Rim countries including Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Chile, despite fierce opposition from farmers and consumer groups.
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