August 17, 2017 / 9:21 PM / a year ago

U.S. VP Pence says U.S. wants increased trade with Latin America

PANAMA CITY, Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday Washington wants more trade and investment with Latin America, pushing back against perceptions in the region that the Trump administration has an isolationist agenda.

Speaking during a visit to the Panama Canal at the end of a Latin American tour, Pence said the United States was seeking to keep the spirit of the original North American Free Trade Agreement in the pact now being renegotiated in Washington.

Pence said he wanted a NAFTA deal that was a “win, win, win” for the United States, Mexico and Canada, taking a more conciliatory tone that U.S. negotiators who have warned the deal needed a major overhaul to favor American workers. (Reporting by Eli Moreno; Editing by Tom Brown)

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