Canada is not being sidelined in the NAFTA negotiations, and will rejoin the talks as soon as the U.S. and Mexico resolve their bilateral issues, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday.

Two-way talks between the U.S. and Mexico are well into their fifth week, but Freeland says she’s encouraged by the signals emanating from the bilateral meetings.“NAFTA is overall a trilateral agreement, but inside that trilateral agreement, there are bilateral trading relationships,” Freeland told reporters after meeting with steel workers in Richmond, B.C. “The U.S.-Mexican issues inside NAFTA are really complicated and it makes a lot of sense — and we welcome the fact — that the U.S. and Mexico are rolling up their sleeves and devoting a lot of time to resolving those issues.”