Negotiations over the future of Nafta were extended into the first quarter of 2018 in a bid to resolve differences after Canada and Mexico rejected what they see as hardline U.S. proposals.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke in Washington Tuesday as battle lines form around contentious proposals to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“New proposals have created challenges and ministers discussed the significant conceptual gaps among the parties,” Lighthizer said, reading a joint statement at the close of the fourth round of talks Tuesday. “Ministers have called upon all negotiators to explore creative ways to bridge these gaps.”
During their joint remarks to the press, Lighthizer said he’s “surprised and disappointed” by the outcome so far, Guajardo said Mexico has limits to what it can accept in any deal, and Freeland said some of the proposals run counter to World …