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Canada sounds optimistic tone on NAFTA talks

U.S. and Canadian trade negotiators on Tuesday resumed talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) seeking breakthroughs on key issues.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said even though they didn't meet, she talked to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over the weekend and that that talks continue to be productive between the two major trading partners.

Acknowledging the 17th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Freeland called it a "really significant day," and says "above all it is important to pause today, to remember all of the people who died and all of their families in this horrific brutal attack."

She said remembering this day helps to put into perspective the NAFTA negotiations, and the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Canada.

The U.S. and Canada are trying to reach an agreement by the end of September that would complete a revamped three-nation deal with Mexico that Congress may consider next year.

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