As NAFTA Talks Grind On, Mexico Hints Timeline Might Be Prolonged

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MONTREAL — Mexico on Friday recommended talks to modernize the North American Free Commerce Settlement might be prolonged to present officers extra time to deal with disagreements threatening to undermine the $1.2 trillion commerce pact.

Because the negotiations grind on, officers are an additional spherical in Mexico on the finish of February, based on sources near the method.

Groups from the USA, Canada and Mexico are in Montreal for the sixth of seven deliberate rounds on find out how to modernize NAFTA however progress is sluggish. Washington needs main modifications to the 1994 pact and addressing varied U.S. calls for has eaten up time, officers mentioned.

Though the method was initially scheduled to complete by the tip of March to keep away from clashing with Mexican presidential elections in July, Economic system Minister Ildefonso Guajardo mentioned the timeline might be prolonged.

“This negotiation has a window of alternative to achieve a deal between February and the tip of July,” he informed Reuters.

Canada, which this week offered a collection of options on find out how to unfreeze the talks, rapidly welcomed the thought.

“Canada doesn’t imagine that we’d like put an arbitrary deadline on these negotiations at the price of a very good deal for all three international locations. ‎We’re joyful to proceed negotiating,” mentioned a authorities supply.

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