U.S. trade talks to begin in Geneva, Switzerland

The U.N. General Assembly is set to begin negotiations on a free-trade deal with Canada and Mexico on Thursday, and the U.K. and Germany are expected to join them in the talks.

U.S., Canada and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto have said they would like to conclude the deal by the end of the year, though the two sides have been bogged down by disputes over the wording of a proposed deal.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz are set to meet in New York to begin discussions.

A final date for the talks has not yet been set.

Unauthorized Canadian exports to Mexico have grown nearly 30% in 2017, according to the World Trade Organization.

The trade pact, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), would boost the U, U. S. and Mexico’s bilateral trade.

Mexico’s trade deficit with the U.-S.

has been estimated at $17.6 billion, and Mexico has a trade deficit of $17 billion with the United Kingdom.