Thursday 22 November 2018 ,
Thursday 22 November 2018 ,
Latest News
  • 4 ‘drug peddlers’ killed in separate ‘gunfights’
  • RAB conducts drive at Jehnaidah ‘militant den’; Youth held
  • Don’t talk to media on voting day
  • 50 killed by suicide bomber in Afghan capital
  • Tarique joins interview board through video conference
2 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Print

US presses ahead with Mexico trade pact

AFP

The United States is pressing ahead with a free trade pact with Mexico, but whether Canada will join depends on a new round of talks next week, after negotiations ended Friday without an agreement, reports AFP from Washington.

Officials had appeared to be on track to reach a deal that would rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, but in a bizarre twist, inflammatory comments from President Donald Trump angered Canadian officials and threatened to upend the talks.

The US and Mexico announced a breakthrough accord on Monday, potentially leaving Canada out in the cold if no deal is reached, but Ottawa’s foreign minister insisted that a “win-win-win” agreement is within reach.

US and Canadian officials said talks will resume on Wednesday, but the White House already notified Congress Friday of its “intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico—and Canada, if it is willing -- 90 days from now.”

The White House now has 30 days before it must present the full text of the new agreement to Congress, which will give Ottawa and Washington time to iron out remaining differences.

“We know that a win-win-win agreement is within reach,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters after a week of talks to rewrite the 25-year-old NAFTA.

“With good will and flexibility on all sides, I know we can get there.”

However, she repeated that Canada will only sign an agreement that is in its national interest.

“We’ll keep talking until we reach a good deal,” Freeland said.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the negotiations over the past four days were “constructive, and we made progress.

“Our officials are continuing to work toward agreement. The USTR team will meet with Minister Freeland and her colleagues Wednesday of next week,” he said in a statement.

Lighthizer stressed that the new agreement will have “huge benefits for our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.”

 

Comments

Poll
Today's Question »
Do you support the BNP demand for action against EC secy, DMP chief and two other govt officials over the recent Nayapaltan clash between BNP men and cops?
 Yes
 No
 No Comment
Yes 89.9%
No 5.9%
No Comment 4.3%
Most Viewed
Digital Edition
Archive
SunMonTueWedThuFri Sat
010203
04050607080910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting