USA free trade agreement still on cards

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USA free trade agreement still on cards

25/10/2006

A free trade agreement with the US is still on the cards according to US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill.

He has spoken about the issue at the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji.

Mr Hill says there is a positive view in Washington on an FTA with New Zealand, and it is envisaged that something along the lines of the existing deal with Australia could be struck. He says the issue is when it can be fitted into the negotiating schedule.

Christopher Hill says the US is very interested in staying in close contact with the New Zealand government on the issue and he is sure it will come up in discussions with Helen Clark later today. He adds that New Zealand’s strong anti-nuclear proliferation stance is viewed as very helpful by Washington.

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