Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Donald Trump and their Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto signed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Buenos Aires on Friday.
«The new agreement lifts the risk of serious economic uncertainty,» Trump said. «This has been a battle and battles make great friendships.»
Trump added that trio had been on the receiving end of 'barbs' and... Еще 'abuse' during the process.
On his behalf, Trudeau paid testament to Canadians who «came together and rolled up their sleeves, put their country's interests first and worked hard to make a new, modernised agreement that will protect jobs, strengthen the middle class and create new opportunities for businesses.»
He then addressed Trump personally, saying there was still work to be done on alleviating steel and aluminium tariffs between the US and Canada.
Both leaders also acknowledged Nieto, who is serving his final day in office, as a 'special man'. In turn, the Mexican thanked the incoming administration for the effort they had put into fixing the deal.
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will replace the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which had been heavily criticised by Trump in the past.