Canadian PM calls on Washington for flexibility in NAFTA talks
19 September 2018 10:28 PM
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, urged the United States to have some flexibility to reach a new agreement on the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Washington insists must be completed by the end of this month.
"We are interested in what could be a good deal for Canada, but we will need to see a certain amount of movement in order to reach that goal," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa, quoted by Reuters.
Canadian Foreign Minister Christia Freeland and US Trade Representative Robert Leahyzer held four rounds of talks in four weeks in Washington, where the two sides remain divided on key issues.
Freeland told reporters the talks were constructive and that she was scheduled to meet with Whitehorse again later on Wednesday, stressing that their main aim was national interest.
Indeed, US President Donald Trump signed an agreement with Mexico on bilateral trade status between the two sides but threatened to exclude Canada from the new deal if needed.