The United States and eight trading partners have agreed on Canada’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday.
This leaves Japan the only aspirant still outside the U.S.-led free trade initiative.
Welcoming the decision by the nine countries currently involved in the TPP negotiations, Harper said in a statement released in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos that a “TPP agreement will enhance trade in the Asia-Pacific region and will provide greater economic opportunity for Canadians and Canadian businesses.”
In a joint statement, U.S. President Barack Obama and Harper said:
“As long-standing proponents of enhancing trade and economic relations with countries around the Asia Pacific, the United States and Canada share a common goal of concluding the TPP agreement expeditiously.