Freeland to resume NAFTA negotiations with Lighthizer Tuesday in Washington

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"That has been the right decision", Freeland said late Tuesday of the mutual agreement to avoid publicly disclosing details of the talks.

After more than a year of talks, Canada and the United States are still trying to resolve differences over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which also includes Mexico. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.

She pointed to the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as a reminder of the need for close cooperation between Ottawa and Washington.

"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars, that's not who we are", Craft told the gathered crowd as she thanked Canada - and Gander - for playing host in 2001 to countless stranded American air passengers.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during an interview Tuesday with a Winnipeg radio station, CJOB, that there are certain positions Canada has and remain firm on.

Candian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland walks out of the U.S. Trade Representative's office to speak to journalists in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2018.

The two sides have so far been unable to resolve their differences over US access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

So far, Canada has been unable to obtain a guarantee from the United States that Canadians would not be hit with punitive US auto tariffs if Ottawa agrees to a new NAFTA deal with Washington.

"The conversations over the weekend continued to be constructive and productive", she said. "He's railed against this thing (NAFTA) and they've been at the negotiating table for now over a year".

U.S. President has set a Friday deadline for the three countries to reach an in-principle agreement, which would allow Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to sign it at the end of November. "The longer term is not almost as clear", said Ekos pollster Frank Graves."Trade wars are never good for the respective combatants and if this escalates it could have very deleterious economic impacts".

As the two sides met, new economic data showed that the USA trade deficit with Canada grew to $3.1 billion in July.

The U.S. has said it plans to present Congress with the deal it has with Mexico if Canada doesn't get on board.

He and other American politicians have long demanded Canada's system of domestic dairy protections either be abolished or heavily modified to give United States exports a bigger share.

Trump is threatening to move ahead on a deal without Canada.

He's optimistic that a revised trade deal will come, but the uncertainty is one reason he believes no new products have been announced for the CAMI plant. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that exports to Canada support over 1.5 million jobs, heavily concentrated in border states that went for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.