Japan and Mexico said Tuesday they will put their free-trade agreement into effect as soon as possible, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura made the agreement during a phone call with his counterpart, Luis Ernesto Derbez, they said.

Machimura called for early enforcement of the FTA for the benefit of both Japanese and Mexicans.

Derbez agreed with him due to Mexico’s policy of attaching importance to its relationship with Japan.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Mexican President Vicente Fox signed the FTA in Mexico City last month.

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