In 'no rush' to complete deal to rewrite NAFTA

In 'no rush' to complete deal to rewrite NAFTA

Mexico's foreign minister Luis Videgaray, in Washington with Guajardo for meetings with USA officials, also struck an optimistic note, saying "we are getting close" when asked about the likelihood of reaching a breakthrough.

Lighthizer was speaking in Washington during the latest round of high-level talks between USA and Mexican officials to rejig the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, with a deal still elusive a year after the renegotiation began.

Canadian officials have insisted they're unfazed by being left out of the discussions because it's allowing the USA and Mexico to sort out tough bilateral issues, such as their differences on autos. Now, he says, the U.S. Is pursuing a more bilateral approach to talks - working with either Mexico or Canada alone, rather than in a group.

But some observers have refused to buy that argument.

Trump himself said he was in "no rush" to conclude the talks, repeating his oft-stated complaint that the 24-year-old trade agreement had been a "disaster" for the United States.

"We're not negotiating with Canada right now", said Trump, who has frequently complained about Canada's supply-managed dairy sector.

In a jibe to Canada, Trump repeated his claim that the country's tariffs and trade barriers were "too high", which was why the USA wasn't even talking to them right now. But we'll see how that works out.

Trade negotiators have sounded optimistic in recent weeks.

Meetings also took place at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where one official said most of the talks are coming along well.

The U.S. and Mexican governments have both expressed optimism the entire NAFTA renegotiation could be concluded before the end of the month. Lighthizer told Trump, "I'm hopeful that in the next several days we'll have a breakthrough".

"We have much better alternatives than that".

He said technical discussions would continue Monday and that he would return Tuesday to continue the high-level talks.

The U.S. and Mexico are resolving their differences on agricultural products covered under NAFTA after the Trump administration withdrew some of its sweeping demands, bringing the nations closer to an overall deal, according to five people familiar with the discussions.

Related News:

Most liked

Fears mount for stranded villages in India flood crisis
People trapped without food, water and electricity anxious about being left without help as their phone batteries were dying. At Kerala's Cochin International Airport, runways are underwater and it is expected to remain closed until August 26.

Gunman who killed five at Florida airport to get life in prison
Santiago was living in Anchorage, Alaska, when he flew to Fort Lauderdale with a handgun checked in his luggage. Esteban Santiago was sentenced Friday in Miami federal court to five consecutive life terms, plus 120 years.

Pathetic Manchester United prove Jose Mourinho warning true in Brighton embarrassment
How many more signings did Jose Mourinho want in the summer? Anthony Martial replaces the Chile worldwide in the starting XI. Marcos Rojo is another option, but the Argentina defender is still nursing an injury picked up at the World Cup.

American missionary launches racist assault on hotel workers in Uganda
Ugandan police have held an American man who was seen in video footage attacking a hotel worker with punches and racial insults. The clip begins with Taylor jumping over the reception desk and knocking what appear to be glass items off of tables.

Kiki Bertens rallies past Simona Halep for Western & Southern Open title
The set went to a tie-break and, after scoring four points in a row, Bertens later saved championship point before taking the set. The Dutch number one did not face a break point in the final set and dropped just three points on serve.

Etzebeth returns for Springboks, Pumas include Figallo
Argentina failed to win a game in the Rugby Championship a year ago for the first time since 2013. All but one of the Argentina squad for the Rugby Championship play for the Jaguares.

Kevin Spacey's First Movie Since #MeToo Earned Just $126 On Opening Day
For reference, the top performing movie over the weekend was "Crazy Rich Asians", which took $25.2 million from 3,348 locations. The ensemble crime-drama Billionaire Boys Club quietly opened Friday in 10 theaters scattered in select states across the U.S.

Big Match Revealed For WWE Evolution
As noted, a graphic was on display at WWE NXT "Takeover: Brooklyn IV" tonight that spoiled the match. Fans in attendance shared photos of an advertisement for Alexa Bliss vs.

Adorable, high maintenance fat cat Bruno seeks a permanent home
His favourite place for tickles and scritches are the sides of his face and neck. Of course, with a profile like that, Bruno is getting a heckload of attention.

Time is running out for Brexit deals, warns Danish minister
The spokesman said: "As this week's round is at technical level there won't be a meeting between Michel Barnier and Dominic Raab". In a tweet this morning, Mr Hunt said his words should not be misrepresented.

Palestinian delegation sets out from Gaza for Egypt
The oldest hippopotamus living in captivity died in her sleep at Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo on Thursday.Tami, 59, was. A unity government would have to be in place for the PA to retake control of the Gaza Strip.

N Korea Urges S Korea to Not Succumb to Sanctions Pressure
Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang last month to flesh out the Trump-Kim agreement, but returned to the United States with little outcome.

Motorola One with display notch, 3,000mAh battery gets certified, launch imminent
The device will also house a smaller 3,000mAh battery compare to the 3,780mAH battery that's being rumoured for the One Power. They have been leaked in renders and live images a number of times and we're fairly sure what they are going to look like.

How Far Will Lebron James and the Lakers go Next Year?
Steven Adams says LeBron James moving to the LA Lakers will spice up the NBA Western Conference this season. They're followed by Toronto and Philadelphia, with each team given 54.5 wins as their totals to bet on.

PUBG Mobile exceeds 100 million downloads on Android and iPhone
For more information, please visit the official PUBG MOBILE accounts on Facebook , Twitter and YouTube . Moreover, PUBG Mobile also recently exceeded 14 million daily active users (DAU).