Canada excuses U.S. on Doha round trade troubles

Thu Apr 2, 2009 12:54pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper cut Washington some slack on Thursday regarding troubles in the Doha Round of trade talks, saying the troubles were not strictly related to the United States.

Addressing reporters after a G20 summit, he said the United States had been the driving force for liberalized trade since World War II, and he said markets could be assured that governments see the importance of free trade.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren, writing by Randall Palmer; editing by Peter Galloway)