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The US and Canada should help one another: Canadian minister

The 17th anniversary of the 9/11

attacks is a reminder of the need for close cooperation between Ottawa and

Washington, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday during

trade talks in Washington.

I think that remembering today, and what happened today, maybe that helps

us all to put into perspective the negotiations that we're having, Freeland

told reporters, noting the importance and significance of US-Canadian ties.

At the end of the day, we're neighbors, Freeland said. At the end of the

day, neighbors help each other when they need help.

Talks have been underway for a year to renegotiate the nearly 25-year-old

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), after US President Donald Trump

threatened during his electoral campaign to withdraw from the deal he said

was a disaster for US workers.

US and Canadian officials have held intensive talks in the past two weeks

in an effort bridge differences over a re-written NAFTA.

Washington and Mexico City announced an agreement in late August and

Trump's administration has informed Congress it plans to sign a new treaty by

November 30, including Canada if possible.

Major stumbling blocks for Ottawa and Washington remain: an international

system for resolving disputes, Canada's protected dairy industry and Canadian

cultural subsidies.

We're negotiating all this at once. These are complicated subjects and

there's still some distance separating the two sides, said one source close

to the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe pending

negotiations.

Still, with a bit of flexibility, things could move quickly.

After meeting US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Freeland was due

to depart Washington later in the day to attend this week's meetings of the

ruling Liberal Party of Canada in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)