• Kyodo


Chief negotiators from the 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks will meet from Nov. 19 to 24 in Salt Lake City, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Thursday.

The chief negotiators from the United States, Japan and 10 other countries are expected to work on narrowing their difference on various trade issues so they can achieve their goal of concluding the U.S.-led free-trade pact by year’s end. Japan will be represented by chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka.

The meeting in Utah will preface the TPP ministerial talks slated to be held from Dec. 7 to 9 in Singapore.

The USTR also said working-group sessions will be held the same month in the U.S. over other TPP-related issues, such as government procurement, investment and rules of origin.

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