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English keen on trade talks with US

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/01/2017

New Zealand government officials are already making contact with their US counterparts as new US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Prime Minister Bill English said he hoped trade talks with the new administration would take place in the next few weeks, but said New Zealand was readying itself for US removing itself from the 12-nation trade deal.

'We'll continue to advocate for TPP, maybe in a way that means the US can join it later if they do change direction but in the meantime try and get the benefits that we can from the rest of it," he told TVNZ.

"If they go down the trade line he (Trump) has indicated that could be negative for us.

"We have to work with a range of different countries if US doesn't proceed with the TPP agreement."

The White House issued a statement soon after Mr Trump's inauguration to say it was intent on withdrawing from the TPP and renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico.

Mr English said the relationship with the US remained important for New Zealand, economically and for defence and security purposes, but he didn't expect to be visiting Washington DC anytime soon.

"I'm not expecting to be invited to the White House in the next six months."

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