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NAFTA: First round of talks over, 'great deal of negotiation' still required

August 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON - The first round of NAFTA negotiations has wrapped up.

The three North American countries have issued a statement declaring the end of the round after five days in Washington.

The countries head to Mexico City for the second round, from Sept. 1 to 5.

A third round will be held in Canada in late September.

In a joint statement, the countries said a great deal of negotiation will be required in the coming months — but that all parties remain committed to an ambitious outcome.

The initial round was heavy on introductory sessions, and schedule-setting.

But it also featured substantive discussions that revealed possible irritants ahead — including auto-parts rules, cutting edge pharmaceuticals, and labour.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2017
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