Freeland returning to NAFTA talks Friday in quest for compromise




Freeland returning to NAFTA talks Friday in quest for compromise
Freeland returning to NAFTA talks Friday in quest for compromise

Working toward a compromise in ongoing talks, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will return to the NAFTA negotiating table in Washington on Friday.

Freeland had earlier described the talks as “productive” and “constructive.”

She made the comments late on Thursday after a brief meeting with the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to review the work of negotiators throughout the day.

“It was important to discuss a couple of issues face to face and our officials now continue to work very hard and we’ve agreed that we’ll meet again tomorrow,” Freeland told reporters.

Freeland maintained the same upbeat tone she had exhibited earlier in the day, and since arriving in Washington earlier this week to reboot talks with the Trump administration.

“We really are confident, as we have been from the outset, that a deal which is good for Canada, good for the United States and good for Mexico is possible,” she said.

Canada and the U.S. need to present an agreed-upon text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico.

U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to move ahead on a deal that excludes Canada, but he also needs a win on trade ahead of mid-term elections in November that will test his ability to keep control of Congress.