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Trudeau, Obama say softwood lumber issue will be resolved soon
March 10, 2016 / 5:16 PM / 2 years ago

Trudeau, Obama say softwood lumber issue will be resolved soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ongoing U.S.-Canadian trade “irritant” over softwood lumber is expected to be resolved soon, both countries leaders said on Thursday regarding the years-long fight over pine and other such soft wood.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a joint news conference in the the White House Rose Garden in Washington March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at a joint press conference, said the issue came up at their meeting at the White House but that negotiations were ongoing.

“I‘m confident that we are on a track towards resolving this irritant in the coming weeks and month,” Trudeau said of the trade dispute, which stems from an expired 2006 softwood lumber export agreement.

Obama added: “This issue of softwood lumber will get resolved in some fashion ... It’s been a longstanding, bipartisan irritant,” although neither side is likely to get everything they are seeking in the final deal.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by James Dalgleish

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