By Jason Lange and David Ljunggren WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada insisted there was still room to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement after talks on Wednesday with the United States and said both sides would meet again later in the day after separate discussions on this morning’s proposals. There were few signs, however, that a deal was close to being struck and comments by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday indicated there would be little compromise from Ottawa on its red-line issues. Canada wants a permanent exemption from President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs and the threat of auto tariffs to be removed. It also wants to continue protections for its dairy industry and defend lumber exports to the United States, which have been hit with duties. “We continue to work hard,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “There is good faith and good will on both sides.” U.S. officials did not comment after Wednesday’s meeting, which came after Trump said he was willing to dump Canada from the $1.2 trillion (930.30 billion pounds)three-country trade pact after he reached agreement with Mexico last week. As the two sides met… Read full this story
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