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Canada's Freeland plans NAFTA talks Thursday

Key Points
  • Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is planning to return to Washington to hold more talks on NAFTA on Thursday 
  • Plenty of work remains before the two sides can strike a deal, a well-placed Canadian source said on Wednesday.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks at a press conference August 31, 2018 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC. 
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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is planning to return to Washington to hold more talks on NAFTA on Thursday, but plenty of work remains before the two sides can strike a deal, a well-placed Canadian source said on Wednesday.

"I expect we'll probably have several more sessions. This won't get resolved in an afternoon," said the source, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the situation. Freeland plans to fly to Washington late Wednesday assuming the weather is good enough, the source added.

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Key Points
  • Mexico must be ready to pursue a bilateral trade deal with the United States if Ottawa and Washington do not come to terms, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Wednesday.
  • Mexico and the United States announced on Aug. 27 they had reached an agreement following months of grinding talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • Guajardo told reporters in Mexico City that Mexico remained very interested in Canada joining the agreement to make it trilateral, which he said would be a "great asset."