May 8, 2015 / 3:33 PM / 2 years ago

Canada, Philippines launch talks toward free-trade deal

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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.Chris Wattie

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

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