Trudeau meets with Mexican president at critical time in NAFTA talks
Two of the three political leaders with the most at stake at the NAFTA table huddled Friday behind closed doors, their most senior trade lieutenants alongside, in hopes of unlocking a mutually beneficial solution to the cross-border conundrum posed by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto gathered on the sidelines of a major international summit in Peru's capital, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexico's economy secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pulled out of the summit at the last minute, sending his deputy, C. J. Mahoney, in his place.
The sit-down, the first face-to-face between the two leaders since November, comes at a critical time, with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. all looking for a breakthrough in the ongoing effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement — and Trump's wild-card trade strategies doing little to clear the air.
This has been excerpted from the 13 April 2018 edition of CBC News.