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Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner meets with business leaders

Wed 6th June, 2018 2:49am
MEXICO CITY, June 5 (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist
presidential front-runner met on Tuesday with leaders of the
country's biggest companies in a session the candidate described
as cordial and productive, despite the anxiety his campaign has
generated in the business community. 
    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has a double-digit lead in
most opinion polls ahead of the July 1 vote, spoke in the
capital with members of the Consejo Mexicano de Negocios, a
trade group that represents the country's biggest companies
across a range of sectors.
    The meeting touched on topics including the renegotiation of
the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States
and Canada, corruption and job creation, Lopez Obrador said. 
    The former Mexico City mayor, who is in his third campaign
for the presidency, has drawn opposition from some in the
business community for his plans to revise oil contracts and an
airport under construction in Mexico City. But the candidate
stressed that the meeting was constructive.
    "It was a very good meeting with good results for the future
of our country," Lopez Obrador told reporters. "We are going to
have a cooperative relationship between the private and public
sectors." 
    The meeting was attended by executives including Carlos Slim
Domit, son of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and chairman of
telecommunications company America Movil  AMXL.MX ; Emilio
Azcarraga, chairman of broadcaster Televisa  TLVACPO.MX ; and
German Larrea, chairman of miner Grupo Mexico  GMEXICOB.MX . 
    A spokesman for America Movil declined to comment. A
spokesman for Televisa and a spokeswoman for Grupo Mexico did
not immediately respond to requests for comment. 
    Juan Pablo Castanon, president of the Business Coordinating
Council, said the meeting signaled the business community's
willingness to work with Lopez Obrador.
    "The open and sincere dialogue shows a goodwill to smooth
things over," he said on local radio. 
    Castanon added that the business leaders had met with the
other candidates as well. 
    Lopez Obrador said that if he won the election, the business
officials agreed to meet with him again to work on an economic
development plan.
    "There will be agreements to stimulate development, create
jobs," he said. "Many of the problems that we have (in Mexico)
have originated because there wasn't growth in the economy."

 (Reporting by Julia Love and Sharay Angulo; Editing by Peter
Cooney)
 ((Julia.Love@thomsonreuters.com, @byJuliaLove; 52 (55)
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