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US, Canada Vow to Boost Cooperation Ahead of NAFTA Talks

© AP Photo / J. Scott ApplewhiteTreasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, to testify at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee
Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, to testify at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee - Sputnik International
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US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau and other officials in Canada where they agreed to enhance collaboration ahead of upcoming NAFTA negotiations, Global Affairs Canada said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The leaders also discussed middle class jobs that depend on free and fair trade between the two countries, maintaining the security of their shared border, and addressing issues related to cybersecurity.

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"Ministers and Secretary Mnuchin pledged to continue working together and to keep lines of communication open to enhance collaboration and discussion on all shared priorities, including the upcoming negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA]," the release said on Friday.

Mnuchin and Canadian officials also vowed to promote a business-friendly environment for both countries to prosper, and discussed ways to empower women entrepreneurs to ensure a diverse and thriving economy, the release noted.

The trip represented Mnuchin’s first visit to Canada as US Treasury Secretary, according to the release.

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