Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will travel to Washington, D.C. Tuesday to revive trade talks with the United States.
“As we have said all along, progress between Mexico and the United States is a necessary requirement for any renewed NAFTA agreement,” a spokesperson for the minister said to Global News.
“Given the encouraging announcement today of further bilateral progress between the U.S. and Mexico, Minister Freeland will travel to Washington, D.C., tomorrow to continue negotiations.”
Canada is encouraged by the continued optimism shown by its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners and will continue to negotiate for a deal, a spokesman for Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she’s “very encouraged” by signals from Washington that the United States and Mexico are close to figuring out their bilateral issues within the three-country North American Free Trade Agreement.
But even with the prospect of progress, it remained unclear Wednesday precisely when Canada might be invited back to the bargaining table, let alone when — or even if — the three continental neighbours might wrap up the renegotiation effort that began more than a year ago.
However, Ottawa will only sign a new agreement that is good for Canada. “Progress between Mexico and the US is a necessary requirement for any renewed NAFTA agreement. We… will continue to work toward a modernized NAFTA. We will only sign a new NAFTA that is good for Canada and good for the middle class. Canada’s signature is required,” spokesman Adam Austen said, as cited by Reuters. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto reiterated that he wanted Canada to return to talks with Mexico and the US, in order to reach a trilateral deal, after he talked with US President Donald Trump by telephone. Officials said Monday that the US and Mexico had sealed an agreement on their bilateral issues in the renegotiation of the 24-year-old trade pact.