Argentine official expresses support for free trade on the eve of G20 summit

Melissa Bircher, Argentina's international trade secretary, talks with global reporters on Thursday. Photo:

Argentina supports free trade and expects leaders of the Group of 20 nations to publish a joint statement and sign more free trade agreements that will contribute to trade liberalization, said Melissa Bircher, Argentina's international trade secretary, on Thursday.

Bircher made the remarks a day before the leaders' summit.

The consensus which will be reached at the G20 summit is important and will serve as a cornerstone for the future of international trade, said Bircher, stressing the role of multilateral talks in promoting investment worldwide.

Argentina is honored to be the first South American country to hold the G20 summit and will continue to roll out favorable policies to promote free trade, said Bircher, adding that her country values its trade partners in Asia including China, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Argentina has launched many trade promotion projects which are joined by thousands of entrepreneurs, and encourages them to make technological innovations, according to Bircher, who expects the attendees of the G20 summit to discuss issues including infrastructure construction, employment and food safety which are important to the growth of world economy.

The Argentine minister also mentioned the proposed meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, hoping that the two countries could solve their trade problems through dialogue and consultation.

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