Deputy USTR Shea to represent U.S. at G20 trade ministers meeting
WASHINGTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Deputy US Trade
Representative Dennis Shea will represent the United States at a
Group of 20 trade ministers meeting in Mar del Plata, Argentina,
on Friday, the USTR office said on Wednesday.
Shea, who serves as the U.S. ambassador to the World Trade
Organization in Geneva, "will promote President (Donald) Trump’s
priorities for free, fair and reciprocal trade, particularly the
need to address non-market oriented policies," USTR said in a
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met with
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday for
negotiations toward a new North American Free Trade Agreement.
Shea's attendance at the G20 meeting would likely free up
Lighthizer for further talks this week in Washington if they are
A USTR spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for
comment on whether additional ministerial-level NAFTA talks
would be held on Thursday or Friday.
The USTR office said Shea will also hold several bilateral
meetings with key trading partners, but did not specify those
The G20 includes the European Union, Argentina, Australia,
Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, Germany, France, India,
Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South
Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the United States.
(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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