Najib: Malaysia to consider FTA with US if TPPA fails to materilaise

Datuk Seri Najib Razak before speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur October 11, 2013. — Reuters pic
Datuk Seri Najib Razak before speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur October 11, 2013. — Reuters pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — Malaysia will consider a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States if the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement fails to materilaise.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said at present, Malaysia and the US are committed to continuing with the dialogue in discussing trade and investment issues, via the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.

"In respect of the TPPA, the Malaysian delegation and I had a dialogue with members of the US Congress and urged them to stick with the TPPA members to make the agreement a success.

"If it does not materialise, I have proposed that the TPPA model be incorporated into a bilateral agreement such as a FTA which has been postponed since 2008," he added. 

Najib said this when answering a question from Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (BN-Bintulu) on the outcome of his visit to the US in September. — Bernama

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