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Mexican President Vicente Fox has confirmed that Mexico will resume talks with Japan on a stalled bilateral free trade agreement, the presidential office said Wednesday.

Following a meeting with financial ministers, Fox said the door is still open to resuming the negotiations, even though the two countries failed to reach agreement in bilateral talks earlier this month in Tokyo.

The talks collapsed primarily due to thorny negotiations over the farm sector, including the crucial issue of removing tariffs on pork imports from Mexico.

Fox and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi had a brief meeting Tuesday in Bangkok. They agreed to resume talks on the FTA as soon as possible.

Fox was quoted by his office as saying the two countries agreed to try to overcome the roadblocks to opening agricultural markets.

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