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Canada's foreign affairs minister says Tuesday's anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States should serve as a reminder of the deep ties between the two countries as they haggle over the future of North American free trade.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the media as she arrives at the Office Of The United States Trade Representative, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Washington.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during an interview Tuesday with a Winnipeg radio station, CJOB, that there are certain positions Canada has and remain firm on.

Following the talks in Washington, Freeland will travel to Saskatoon, western Canada, on Wednesday to attend a meeting of Liberal members of parliament, which runs until Thursday, Austen said.

The U.S. and Canada are trying to reach an agreement by the end of September that would complete a revamped three-nation deal with Mexico that Congress may consider next year.

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They oversaw the last two weeks of talks but the sides were unable to resolve their differences over USA access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada in the original NAFTA and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism. "It can't be renamed something or called something else", Perdue said when asked about dairy concessions needed to reach a NAFTA deal, referring to a new milk class created a year ago by Canada to price milk ingredients such as protein concentrates, skim milk and whole milk powder.

The two sides have so far been unable to break an impasse over US access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

"We will be travelling to Washington ... to continue the NAFTA negotiations", Ms. Freeland told reporters at the Women in the World event in Toronto, without commenting further on the state of the trade talks.

But talks still appear to be hung up on USA objections to Canada's state control of the dairy market, as well as the procedures for resolving disputes. While China/US tensions have seemed to support the dollar, with the US seeing as to have the upper hand, NAFTA progress should be CAD and commodities which would ultimately weigh on the greenback and potentially lift the price of gold - well, at least that is what we have seen in the late hours of US trade.

"And one of the things that I think we are accomplishing in this agreement is a better deal for Canadian and USA workers in the auto sector".

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Canada has the right to oppose such an agreement, he said.

Freeland said the memorials should help to add some context to the ongoing negotiations on free trade that were started at Trump's behest.

USA officials say time is running out to agree on a text on which the current Congress can vote.

As foreboding skies belied national worry over a new threat, a monstrous hurricane menacing the US east coast, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland cited the memory of 9/11 as evidence of deep and friendly ties that have long bound the two countries together.

However, Trump hinted that the Friday deadline may be flexible, saying that a deal with Canada may come that day, or "within a period of time". "They did some very hard work and the discussions over the weekend were, as they were at the beginning of this process, constructive and productive, and we decided it would be a good idea to have a meeting today".

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