US working with India to move Doha round forward: Bush
May 16, 2007 - 8:55:59 AM

Washington, May 16 - President George W. Bush says the United States is committed to more free world trade and is working with its European partners and countries like India and Brazil to move the Doha round forward.

Talking to reporters after a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt Tuesday, Bush said he had assured the visiting leader that the US is committed to achieving a world that trades more freely. The US also recognised that it has obligations to deal with its agricultural subsidies in order to move the Doha Round forward.

US Trade Representative Susan Schwab is committed to working with her European counterparts, as well as President Lula da Silva of Brazil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India - two countries that represent others involved in the Doha Round, he said.

'We believe that it's possible, very possible that we'll be successful. And so we're moving forward optimistically on this issue' Bush added.

The president said he had also talked to Reinfeldt about US' desire to work with Europe, China, India, Japan, Australia and other countries about an international framework to meet three objectives: one, economic vitality and growth; two, the advance of new technologies; and third, obviously, the effects that will have on reducing greenhouse gases.

Reinfeldt said he had 'pointed out the importance of President Bush's leadership on the Doha Round. There are too few in the world fighting for free trade, so we need the president on that. And I hope we could, during a very short span, bring this to an end.'

Besides trade, the two leaders talked about the issue of climate change. Bush said he shared his concern about the environmental issues, as well as the national security implication for being too dependent on oil. He was optimistic about reducing US gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next 10 years by promoting alternative fuels.

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