Canada's Freeland Postpones UN Speech With Nafta Talks Under Way

Canada's Freeland Postpones UN Speech With Nafta Talks Under Way

Canada's Freeland Postpones UN Speech With Nafta Talks Under Way

Wyden is from OR, a state that trade more with Canada than Mexico.

The United States and Mexico want to push their deal through their respective legislatures before Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office on December 1.

"We're very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada".

Trump then reiterated his threat to slap punitive tariffs on Canadian auto imports to the USA, a tactic experts on both sides of the border have warned would devastate the industry.

FILE PHOTO: A commercial truck with a Canada, United States and Mexico flag on its side is seen crossing over the Ambassador Bridge into Windsor, Ontario from Detroit, Michigan U.S. August 29, 2018.

He also indicated having had a telephone conversation on Thursday with the canadian Prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who once told him that "the negotiation was very hard, and that perhaps it would not be possible" to find a compromise.

Freeland had been scheduled to deliver Canada's address to the General Assembly on Saturday in NY, but Canada exchanged the slot with another country.

U.S. lawmakers briefed by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday said that they expect the long-awaited document to largely exclude language related to Canada, but were still hoping for Canada to join.

Officials in the offices of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, did not respond to queries about the counterproposal.

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked him during a Thursday phone call "to intervene and call on the USA government to reach an agreement" with Canada on the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Among other things, the negotiators are battling over Canada's high dairy tariffs. "That you can be sure of", Lopez Obrador told reporters in Mexico City.

The agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada, as the us president, Trump has called it "a disaster" is in renegotiation since 2017.

The flags of Canada, Mexico and the US are seen on a lectern before a joint news conference on the closing of the seventh round of NAFTA talks in Mexico City, Mexico, March 5, 2018.

According to the negotiators, Canada's insistence on a trade dispute provision and its protected dairy sector are the last major sticking points.

"Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be", Trudeau fired back. They only said they didn't request a formal meeting.

"Canada is exceptionally important". He said, "Yeah, I did". He has repeatedly said he is ready to walk away from the talks rather than sign a document he thinks is bad.

Details also are expected on a side-letter that preserves the Trump administration's ability to impose global national security tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts, granting Mexico a quota for tariff-free exports to the United States that allows some expansion of production.

Lopez Obrador, widely known as "AMLO", has been actively involved in the negotiations to update the trade agreement. Ujczo put the odds of a deal this weekend at 75 percent. He was asked twice if he'd quit the current NAFTA pact, and didn't say.

And more light is likely to be shed on the enforcement of new labor standards and trade dispute settlement arrangements.

"The president was using tariffs as a tool to squeeze the Canadians", said Bruce Heyman, former U.S. ambassador to Canada. It is not clear whether Congress would be willing to grant approval to a U.S. -Mexico deal, under either Republican or Democratic control.

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