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Patience on NAFTA welcomed

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LONDON, Ont.—Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump's newfound patience on NAFTA renegotiations.

In an interview yesterday with the Wall Street Journal, the president indicated he's open to extending the March deadline for concluding talks aimed at modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump noted the difficulty of trying to wrap negotiations before the Mexican presidential election in July.

Freeland said extending the deadline is a “sensible" and "constructive” suggestion.

She also noted Canada always has taken the position that it's not helpful to impose artificial deadlines on the talks.

Freeland added Canada is prepared to spend as much time as it takes to get a good deal.

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