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Canada to launch dispute talks over Mexican energy, support U.S. challenge

OTTAWA, July 20 (Reuters) - Canada on Wednesday said it would launch its own consultations with Mexico over energy policies, which it says are inconsistent with a new North American trade pact (USMCA), supporting a similar move announced earlier by the United States.

“We agree with the United States that these policies are inconsistent with Mexico’s USMCA obligations,” Alice Hansen, spokeswoman for Canada’s International Trade Minister Mary Ng, said in a statement to Reuters.

“We are joining the United States in taking action by launching our own consultations under USMCA to address these concerns, while supporting the U.S. in their challenge,” Hansen said. (Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)