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Canada to continue pushback against US steel and aluminium tariffs

AFP  |  Ottawa 

will continue to push back on and import tariffs, despite being granted an exemption along with Mexico, said today.

At the same time, she rejected US Donald Trump's linkage of the levies to ongoing continental free trade talks.

"Today is a step forward. There is more hard work to do," told a conference.

"In recent days, we have worked energetically with our American counterparts to secure an exemption for from these tariffs," she said.

"This work continues and it will continue until the prospect of these duties is fully and permanently lifted."

Senior Canadian officials including the made a flurry of calls Wednesday and Thursday to American lawmakers and officials, hoping to head off the levies.

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In her comments, pilloried the US national security justification for the measure, saying: "That Canada could pose any kind of security threat to the is inconceivable."

She also called the and tariffs and the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations "separate issues," but added that a NAFTA deal was "within reach."

Canadian, Mexican and US trade officials are scheduled to meet in at the end of the month for the next round of NAFTA negotiations.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 06:45 IST