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EU and Latin American Leaders Kick Off Summit in Chile
Source: cri.cn
Source Date: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Created: Jan 28, 2013

A summit between Latin American and EU states is underway in Chile with an aim to deepen their economic ties.

Leaders of 60 nations have agreed to a broad agenda which includes reducing trade barriers and making new climate change commitments.
Shortly after his arrival in Chile, Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen stressed the importance of free trade across the Atlantic.

"I came here for expressing free trade values because we believe that the small country can survive in a world market if we believe in free trade."

After a meeting with Chile President Sebastian Pinera, German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed comments made by British Prime Minister David Cameron days ago.

Cameron has offered British citizens the prospect of a vote on whether to stay in the 27-country European Union.

Merkel said she talked to Cameron about the matter at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

"Of course with Great Britain we must keep the dialogue open and like that we will maintain a friendly relationship that works in both ways and keep driving towards the future of the European Union."

President Pinera said he had been informed in advance of the UK's absence from the summit.

Pinera also said he would like the UK to remain part of the EU.
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