Canada and Mexico meet on sidelines of NAFTA talks

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:31 GMT, Aug 16, 2017 |

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States are aiming for an “ambitious” first round of trade talks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday (August 15), as the countries try to fast-track a deal to modernize the 23-year-old pact by early next year.

The United States Trade Representative official, speaking on a conference call with reporters, said the sides would begin to merge proposed texts during the first round of meetings in Washington.

The talks start on Wednesday (August 16) led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo.

Freeland and Guajardo also held a bilateral meeting on trade.