July 29, 2008 / 6:38 PM / in 9 years

Canada trade minister hopes WTO talks can restart

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s Trade Minister Michael Fortier said he was hopeful that the World Trade Organization could restart talks after they collapsed on Tuesday.

<p>Michael Fortier (L) is sworn in as Canada's International Trade Minister while Prime Minister Stephen Harper watches during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

“I am somewhat, perhaps cautiously ... optimistic that the WTO, Mr. Lamy and his organization can kick-start the talks in the not-so distant future,” Fortier told reporters on a conference call.

Reporting by David Ljunggren and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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