23 December 2009
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Ewa Björling positive after meeting with GCC Secretary-General
After yesterday's meeting with the GCC Secretary-General Abdulrahman Bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling stated that the agreement is within reach.
The GCC Secretary-General gave a clear signal that the GCC wants to resume negotiations on the free trade agreement with the EU. This should take place as soon as possible during the spring, so as to conclude the negotiations that have been underway for 20 years," commented Dr Björling after the day's meeting.
"This is very positive and means that the agreement is within reach. Both parties will benefit from a free trade agreement - not least economically. At the same time, an agreement is politically important and sends a signal that the EU and the GCC wish to further broaden and deepen their relations," said Dr Björling.
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