September 6, 2018 / 7:23 PM / 19 days ago

Canada's Freeland cites NAFTA progress, but slams U.S. metals tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks between the United States and Canada on the North American Free Trade Agreement have taken place in a good atmosphere, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday, the second straight day of talks this week to save the pact.

FILE PHOTO: Candian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to journalists outside the U.S. Trade Representative's office in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

But Freeland, speaking to reporters as she entered the afternoon session of talks with U.S. chief negotiator Robert Lighthizer, said that American tariffs on steel and aluminium imports should not be part of the NAFTA negotiations.

“These tariffs are unjustified and illegal,” Freeland said.

Reporting by David Chance; Editing by Leslie Adler

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