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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
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October 24, 2003


U.S.-Colombia Trade Relations (Taken Question)

Question:  Is the United States planning to negotiate a free trade agreement with Colombia?

Answer:  United States Trade Representative Ambassador Zoellick visited Colombia in August to discuss the possibility of launching free trade negotiations with Colombia. As a follow up to that, on October 16 the Colombians sent a high-level team -- including three vice ministers and an adviser to President Uribe -- for a full day of discussions in Washington to explore the possibility of a free trade negotiation between our countries. We have been favorably impressed with the seriousness the Government of Colombia has shown in analyzing the issues and in addressing some bilateral concerns. We expect that this level of commitment will be well received in Congress as we discuss with them prospective free trade partners. For further information, contact the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Released on October 24, 2003

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