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More trade meetings for Todd McClay

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017

Todd McClay. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Todd McClay. Trade Minister Todd McClay is in Chile for the first combined meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries following the United States' withdrawal from the agreement.

He says he welcomes the opportunity to sit down with other TPP ministers to take stock and believes the TPP continues to offer value as a common set of rules across the Asia-Pacific region.

"It is clear our partners remain committed to the benefits high quality trade agreements provide," Mr McClay says.

Mr McClay will also meet with members of the Pacific Alliance and a number of other Asia-Pacific countries discuss regional trade issues.

During the weekend he released a video saying New Zealand will be the first cab off the rank along with Australia in being able to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK after it exits the EU. He made the statement after meetings in London.

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