September 30, 2015 / 8:34 PM / 2 years ago

Australian trade minister: plan to finish Pacific pact but work ahead

Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb (6th R) speaks at a news conference at the end of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting of trade representatives in Sydney, October 27, 2014.Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Wednesday ministers negotiating a Pacific free trade deal came to Atlanta with the intent of closing a deal but still have a lot of work to do.

"All the participants were genuine about coming here to conclude," Robb said after the first plenary session of ministerial Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.

"We are now swapping different versions of possible outcomes, but we have got a lot to do."

Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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