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13/07/2018: STATEMENT ON NEWS REPORTS ABOUT THE PROPOSED PHILIPPINE-US FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (13 July 2018) – We wish to refer to news reports quoting Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez as saying that the Philippines and the United States will begin negotiations on a free trade agreement in September.

The Embassy would like to clarify that the Ambassador was misunderstood. While we remain positive about the prospects of a PH-US FTA, internal consultations with key stakeholders continue in both capitals. There are no specific timelines for negotiations. ###