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LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada welcomes the suggestion by U. S. President Donald Trump that the deadline for concluding talks to modernize NAFTA could be extended beyond the end of March, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Friday.
Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, which are due to wrap up by end-March to avoid clashing with the Mexican vote, have bogged down amid major disagreements.
In his remarks on Thursday, Trump reiterated his threat to announce a U.
S. withdrawal from the treaty unless major changes are made but said he was "leaving it a little bit flexible" until after the election.
"We have always felt that imposing artificial deadlines was not necessary from the Canadian standpoint ... I thought that was a constructive proposal from the president," said Freeland.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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