Canada, Philippines launch talks toward free-trade deal

Fri May 8, 2015 11:28am EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada and the Philippines will begin exploratory talks toward a bilateral free-trade agreement, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

Harper announced the launch of the talks at a news conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The two countries will also work to upgrade their 1996 Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer)

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) shakes hands with Philippines' President Benigno Aquino following his arrival on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie