U.S. with an interest to negociate, while Canada and Mexico admit differences

Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo reassured that the countries will continue with their own consultation process for the third round of NAFTA negotiations in Ottawa (September 23 to 27)

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English 05/09/2017 19:13 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 19:33

While the United States acknowledged that it is keen to negotiate, governments of Mexico and Canada assured that even though there are differences, they will find consensus.

Regarding the difficult task of modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, said:“Of course this doesn’t mean we’re going to agree on all points. But our deep friendship will permit us to resolve disagreements which arise at times,” while U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, assured that there was “a mutual agreement on many important issues.”

However, Chrystia Freeland concluded:“Canada, the United States, and Mexico, all wholeheartedly share the goal of reaching a mutually beneficial agreement.”

Robert Lighizer concluded: “I am hopeful we can arrive at an agreement that helps American workers, farmers, and ranchers while also raising the living standards of workers in Mexico and Canada.”

Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said that the second round of negotiations on NAFTA held in Mexico from September 1 to 5 was successful and that important progress was made in several disciplines.

"We definitely are committed to a process in which we can accommodate each countries' interests and at the end of the day we can end up with an agreement that will be definitively a victory for the three nations involved," Ildefonso Guajardo concluded.

The three countries will continue their respective internal consultation processes in preparation for the third round of negotiations to be held in Ottawa, Canada, from September 23 to 27.