Tillerson meeting with Canadian, Mexican foreign ministers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have his long-expected first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday.

While the two leaders have spoken by telephone several times, this will be their first face-to-face meeting.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet on Wednesday with the foreign ministers of U.S. neighbors Canada and Mexico for discussions that are likely to touch on the future of the three countries' NAFTA trade agreement.

A statement from the White House says the two leaders are looking forward to "a constructive conversation on strengthening the relationship between our two nations". Trudeau and Trump "reiterated the importance of the Canada-United States bilateral relationship, and discussed various areas of mutual interest", according to a read-out of the call provided by Trudeau's office.


Trump made free trade deals a major target during his campaign for the presidency.

The Foreign Affairs Minister was quite blunt, saying she told lawmakers that if the final legislation included a tariff-like penalty on Canadian imports, Canada would retaliate. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to visit Tuesday, the day after Trudeau.

Several senior Canadian government ministers visited Washington this week to meet their U.S. counterparts as part of a charm offensive created to persuade the Trump team not to single out Canada during the NAFTA talks. "Monday, I'll meet @RealDonaldTrump in DC to keep working for that goal", Trudeau said on Twitter.

Of the 50 USA states, 35 count Canada as their leading export market.

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