07/02/2018 10:35 EDT | Updated 07/02/2018 10:35 EDT

Justin Trudeau Congratulates Mexico's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador On Election Victory

"Canada and Mexico are close friends and longtime partners."

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President elect of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during the celebration event on Sunday.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a statement congratulating Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on his victory in Mexico's presidential election.

The statement says "Canada and Mexico are close friends and longtime partners" who share a mutually beneficial trading relationship that is the envy of the world and is reflected in the effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau says he looks forward to working closely with Lopez Obrador to build on the "vibrant partnership" between Canada and Mexico to create economic growth that works for everyone, and advances human rights and equality.

Lopez Obrador promised change

Donald Trump has also congratulated Lopez Obrador on winning the presidency, however, the U.S. president has said he intends to hold off on signing a new NAFTA deal until after America's fall midterm elections.

A leftist, Lopez Obrador has promised Mexicans that profound change is coming to the country, but says individual and property rights will be guaranteed and the autonomy of the Bank of Mexico will be respected.

He has also been critical of the current trade accord between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

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