Freeland, Lighthizer meet in Davos as NAFTA talks grind on in Montreal
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has met her American NAFTA counterpart today on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.
Her meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer comes ahead of their much-anticipated meeting Monday in Montreal with their Mexican counterpart, Ildefonso Guajardo Monday, which will close the pivotal sixth round of NAFTA talks here.
Freeland's office confirmed the meeting but had few details; however, NAFTA negotiators in Montreal are mired in talks that are focusing on breaking new ground on controversial U.S. proposals on the continental content requirements for automobiles and the pact's dispute resolution mechanism.
Canada has tabled what is being billed by government officials as a set of creative counter proposals on both those issues, and the U.S. response could make or break the talks.
Freeland told CNN in Davos that Canada is approaching the discussions with positive intent and sees real opportunities.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Davos that he agrees with recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, that there's a possibility of a win-win-win scenario for all three NAFTA countries.