US Vice President Pence says NAFTA deal possible in several weeks

Eduardo Solis President of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Mexico City Mexico

Thousands of miles from home, Vice President Mike Pence was thrust into a new, more immediate, role on the world stage Saturday: explaining President Donald Trump's military strike in Syria to a summit of Latin America leaders.

Pence said he was "very hopeful" that Mexico, Canada and the USA were close to an agreement on the negotiated trade pact.

Pence credited the strong leadership of President Trump and US allies for conducting what he says was a successful strike with no reported civilian casualties.

"I'll leave this summit very hopeful that we are very close to a renegotiated Nafta", and "there is a real possibility that we could arrive at an agreement within the next several weeks", Pence told reporters at the Summit of the Americas in Lima.

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The group says the mission "will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab Republic to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma".

And while Trump grapples with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, Pence sought to draw a bright line against Vladimir Putin's alliance with Syria following the suspected chemical attack.

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet during the VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima April 14, 2018.

The meeting comes amid tensions between Trump and Mexico over immigration and the president's calls for a border wall.

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Pence said the two countries were close to reaching agreements on issues such as immigration, combating drugs and NAFTA. The conference brought together leaders of more than 30 countries.

While the crisis in Syria was front and centre, Trudeau and Pence expressed optimism about the state of NAFTA negotiations, the results of which will have dramatic ramifications for the US and Canada.

But while Pence struck a notably confident tone, saying USA officials "think we're close", he went much farther a few hours later when he suggested a deal could be finished in a few weeks.

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