Published:  12:56 AM, 20 May 2017

Canada FM Freeland plans to visit Mexico over NAFTA talks


Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday she would travel to Mexico next week to discuss renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, which US President Donald Trump says needs major changes. Freeland also told parliament that Canada wanted all three member nations to be at the table for the formal talks, which she indicated should start later this year.

Canada and Mexico both send the majority of their exports to the United States and could be badly hurt if Trump goes ahead with a threat to rip up the pact unless it is reformed. Freeland said she was in very close contact with Mexican Economy Min-ister Ildefonso Guajardo and Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who are leading the NAFTA file. "Next week I am traveling to Mexico to meet with my counterparts there," she said. everal members of the US Senate Finance Committee said Com-merce Secretary Wilbur Ross and new US Trade Representative Robert. Lighthizer told them on Tuesday they would prefer the current three-nation format but left open the possibility of parallel bilateral agreements with Canada and Mexico.

-Reuters, Ottawa


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