Canada Wants FTA With CA-4 Group

The plan is to strengthen trade relations with Nicaragua and negotiate a trade agreement with the group composed of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

At a meeting between the Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, the official explained that "our trade has increased five times in recent years. I want to work with you, the government, the Nicaraguan people and businesses to continue to improve our business relationships. "

During the meeting, Ortega stressed "the importance of moving into an agreement with Canada," and acknowledged that "Nicaragua specifically suits a commercial agreement" with Ottawa.

"This is the first time a foreign minister from Canada" has come to Nicaragua in the interest of strengthening bilateral relations, said Ortega, who described the visit as "a historic event".

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