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Germany's Merkel talks trade, human rights in Mexico

Associated Press logo Associated Press 10/06/2017
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands for the press after a joint statement at the National Palace in Mexico City, Friday, June 9, 2017. Angela Merkel is in Mexico for an official visit. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) © The Associated Press Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands for the press after a joint statement at the National Palace in Mexico City, Friday, June 9, 2017. Angela Merkel is in Mexico for an official visit. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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 Friday, 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.

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