NAFTA: Negotiators discuss whether to keep pushing for deal through weekend

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WASHINGTON — NAFTA negotiators are entering a day of meetings beset by uncertainty.

On their way into the talks, the lead ministers for Mexico and Canada say they are not sure whether this prolonged round will run into the weekend.

There’s some pressure to get something announced by Tuesday.

That’s when U.S. steel and tariffs kick in, U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer is expected to head to China and within days after that, the deadline will have passed for presenting a deal to the U.S. Congress and getting it voted on this year.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo both reject the idea of deadline pressure and the logic of their countries being threatened with tariffs.

They say a deal will happen when it’s good for all three countries and right now there are still a number of outstanding issues as the countries have focused primarily on autos.

The Canadian Press