The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on Tuesday held a telephone conversation with the Vice-President of the United States Michael Pence, said the office of the Prime Minister of Canada.
Trudeau raised the issue of duties on steel and aluminum and stressed the importance of their removal. The sides also exchanged views on the ratification of the new North American free trade agreement, the press release said.
The agreement was signed in November last year by the United States, Canada, and Mexico, but none of the countries has ratified yet it. So the document can not enter into force.
Recall that on May 31, 2018, the United States announced the introduction of a 25 percent duty on steel imports and a 10 percent duty on aluminum imports from Canada.
In response to this unprecedented move, Ottawa immediately announced countermeasures to impose duties on a number of American goods imported into Canada, including a 25 percent tariff on American steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum.
They also discussed the situation in Venezuela and a number of other issues.
In addition, both sides expressed support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, noted the importance of holding democratic elections in the country as soon as possible and called for a “peaceful transition of power.”