No cutoff date for Canada to join NAFTA 2.0: Mexico president-elect

No cutoff date for Canada to join NAFTA 2.0: Mexico president-elect

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador widely known as "AMLO," has been actively involved in the negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement There is no cutoff date for Canada to join the US-Mexican deal meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico’s president-elect said Friday as the text was submitted to legislators.

"There is no fatal date, there is still time to reach a deal… to keep (NAFTA) trilateral," said President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes office on December 1.

Lopez Obrador spoke as the US and Mexican Congresses were due to receive the final text of the two-way deal, moving it a big step closer to becoming reality.

At the same time, the United States and Canada continued to spar over the terms of Canada’s possible inclusion in what was originally a three-country deal.

Lopez Obrador said he had spoken by phone Thursday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who told him his government’s talks with Washington were "difficult."

"He said the negotiation was very difficult, that it might not be possible (to reach a three-way deal), but that they (Canada) had made a proposal," he told a press conference.

He said he had been informed Friday that there was a counter-proposal from the United States."That means the negotiations aren’t over yet," he said.The leftist president-elect reiterated his insistence that Mexico prefers to keep NAFTA 2.0 a three-country deal.But he said he considered the substance of the US-Mexican deal to be final, and that Mexico did not want […]

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