February 26, 2018 / 8:49 PM / 8 months ago

U.S. NAFTA negotiator for autos called to DC for consultations: officials

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A senior U.S. negotiator leading the area of NAFTA talks relating to regional content requirements for autos has returned to Washington for consultations, delaying conversations in Mexico around the contentious issue, three officials said.

The Mexican and Canadian officials, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, said negotiators were seeking a new time for the auto content talks, which were due to start on Monday.

The U.S. negotiator was called back to meet with U.S. Trade representative Robert Lighthizer and the Big Three U.S. automobile makers, one of the Mexican sources said.

A Mexican industry source said the U.S. negotiator was expected back at the talks at the weekend.

The three countries began a round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Mexico on Sunday, that is due to end on March 5.

Reporting by Anthony Esposito and David Ljunggren; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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