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US Deputy State Secretary John Sullivan spoke with Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray while attending the G-20 foreign ministers meeting in Buenos Aires, according to reporting by Reuters.

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“Sullivan and Videgaray discussed “continued cooperation on managing a shared border and the importance of working together to disrupt transnational criminal organizations,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.

“The Deputy also emphasized the importance of concluding a NAFTA deal,” said Nauert.

Talks to reach a deal on reworking the 24-year-old accord have intensified in recent weeks, pressed by U.S. congressional deadlines and a common will to reach an agreement before Mexico’s July 1 presidential election.