Canada says agreed with US to keep NAFTA alive, no talks set

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By: Reuters |
Published: June 15, 2018 12:25:45 am


“We decided … to continue our negotiations on NAFTA,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in Washington after she met US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Canada agreed with the United States on Thursday that slow-moving talks to update NAFTA should continue although they did not set a date for the next round, a senior official said in remarks casting further doubt on the chances of a deal this year. Negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement started last August and were initially scheduled to finish by the end of December.

That deadline has been extended several times as Canada and Mexico struggle to accommodate far-reaching US demands for change such as a sunset clause that would allow one nation to pull out after five years….

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