NAFTA redo talks in Mexico wrap up; next stop Canada

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | Wednesday, September 06, 2017

With little detail publicly revealed, round two of discussions to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement closed Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Mexico City. In U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s closing statement, he reported that “we have found mutual agreement on many important issues.”

It remains unclear what those agreements are, but negotiators from all three NAFTA partners made statements reflecting confidence in reaching a deal by the end of the year.

Lighthizer and the U.S. trade delegation spent five days in Mexico City, meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal and Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. The first round of meetings was in Washington, D.C.

The American delegation is focused on expanding opportunities for American agriculture, services and innovative industries. All three pact partners have stated they are committed to an accelerated pace.

Round three of the NAFTA talks is scheduled to begin Sept. 23 in Ottawa, Ontario.

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