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The US starts trade talks with the EU, the UK, Japan and the Philippines

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The US authorities plan to start a series of international trade talks with the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Japan and the Philippines, revealed the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. He made the statement without clarifying when the initiative will begin.

According to the Trade Promotion Authority, the administration of the US president must give the Congress 90 days notice in writing before commencing new trade talks.

Robert Lighthizer met with key senators to discuss plans related to the US international trade policy.

Even if the administration notifies Congress this week, talks with the EU and other countries will not start before next year.

Robert Lighthizer also said the US was “very close” to starting negotiations with the Philippines.

“We want to reach an agreement with these countries where we can sell the output of our agricultural sector”, said the US Trade Representative. According to him, there are a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, which can also be good candidates for a trade deal with the United States.