Trump notifies Congress of preliminary agreement with Mexico, without Canada

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  • Fri, 08/31/2018 - 23:03
  • EFE

President Donald Trump formally notified the Congress today of his intention to sign a trade agreement with Mexico in the next 90 days, to which Canada could be added "if it is willing" and with whom he will resume the talks next week.

"Today the president informed Congress of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico - and Canada, if it is willing - 90 days  from now. It is the most advanced agreement and with the highest commercial standards in the world," said US Trade representative Robert Lighthizer, in a statement.

After a week of intense negotiations with Canadian minister, Chrystia Freeland, in which some progress was made but not enough to seal the pact, both parties will meet again in Washington.

"The talks were constructive and we made progress (...) Our team will meet with Minister Freeland and her colleagues on Wednesday of next week," Lighthizer said.

On Monday, Trump unexpectedly announced he had reached an agreement with Mexico and affirmed Canada could join or negotiate a separate trade pact.

Trump set the final term this Thursday, so that Congress can review it as required by the legislation, and to make room for maneuver for it to be ratified by the outgoing Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who will leave office on December 1.

The goal is to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in force since 1994 between the three countries, and which currently includes more than one trillion dollars a year in exchanges.


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