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Canadian FM postpones UN address to focus on NAFTA

MNA Business Desk: Canadian Foreign Minister postponed her country’s 2018 address to the United Nations General Assembly to work on ongoing talks with US regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the government said Saturday.

For the past month, Canada has been locked intense discussions with the United States to reach common ground on revamping NAFTA after Mexico and Washington said they had reached a deal on Aug. 27.

Mexico on Friday said the US Trump administration and Canada were making efforts to resolve their differences, raising hopes the pact could be kept trilateral.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spokesman Adam Austen said Freeland had returned to Canada to take part in work on NAFTA. However, he added that she had no plans to return to Washington for the moment, reports Reuters.

Freeland was due to address the General Assembly on Saturday. Canada’s spot on the list of speakers has been moved to Monday, Canada’s UN mission said.

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