US, Canada set for talks on revising trilateral trade deal
Canadian foreign minister cut short Europe trip to travel to Washington
American trade officials are set to resume talks with their Canadian counterparts to try to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement as a trilateral accord.
After months of intense negotiations, the US and Mexico announced an agreement Monday to revise of the 25-year-old free trade pact but US President Donald Trump suggested he could cut Canada out of the deal.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed to Trump in a phone conversation on Monday that his aim was to negotiate a new NAFTA deal.
Trump and Trudeau “had a constructive conversation” on NAFTA, and “look forward to having their teams engage this week with a view to a successful conclusion of negotiations,” Trudeau’s office said.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland cut short a trip to Europe to travel to Washington to begin negotiations with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. However, it is not clear when exactly they will begin their talks.