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Trudeau positive about trade pact

Reuters
Friday, February 02, 2018

OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he did not think US President Donald Trump would pull out of NAFTA, despite slow progress at negotiations to update the $US1.2 trillion ($F2.4t) trade pact.

Mr Trudeau's comments were among the most positive made by any Canadian official since talks started last year to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Mr Trump calls a disaster that killed off many US manufacturing jobs.

Scrapping NAFTA would badly hurt US workers and industries, Mr Trudeau told Winnipeg radio station 680 CJOB.

"I'm confident that the president is going to see that and choose to not terminate because it's not in his or Americans' best interests to walk away from NAFTA," he said.

Mr Trump's trade chief, speaking on Monday after the sixth of eight rounds of talks, rejected proposals for unblocking the negotiations but promised to seek quick breakthroughs.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York, on Wednesday said significant gaps still remained between the United States on one hand and Canada and Mexico on the other.








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