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Trump Team, Canada Officials Resume Talks to Revamp NAFTA


FILE - A commmercial truck exits the highway for the Ambassador Bridge to Canada, in Detroit, Michigan, Aug. 30, 2018.

Trump administration officials and Canadian negotiators are resuming talks to try to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc with the United States and Mexico.

"We are looking forward to constructive conversations today," Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters as she entered a meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer.

FILE - Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland takes part in a news conference at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018.
FILE - Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland takes part in a news conference at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, Aug. 31, 2018.

Last week, the United States and Mexico reached a preliminary agreement to replace the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. But those talks excluded Canada, the third NAFTA country.

Freeland flew to Washington last week for four days of negotiations to try to keep Canada within the regional trade bloc. The U.S. and Canada are sparring over issues including U.S. access to Canada's protected dairy market and American plans to protect some drug companies from generic competition.

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