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WASHINGTON, Apr. 23, 2009 (Reuters) — The Obama administration is committed to concluding long-running world trade talks and wants to move forward on trade deals with Panama, Colombia and South Korea negotiated by former President George W. Bush, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said on Thursday.
"Now is the time to revive global trade, and to lay the groundwork for an even more robust, more open trading system in future decades,"
Bush Vows Big Push For Doha Deal Before Leaving
It would be difficult for negotiators to finish every detail of a new new world trade agreement before Bush leaves the White House.
President George W. Bush vowed on Tuesday to press hard for a successful conclusion of the nearly 7-year-old round of world trade talks during his last few months in office.
"The recent impasse in the Doha Round of trade talks is disappointing, but that doesn't have to be the final word. And so before I leave office I'm going to press hard to make sure we have a successful Doha round," Bush said at a White House summit on international development.
"In the midst of this crisis, I believe the world ought to send a clear signal that we remain committed to open markets by reducing barriers to trade across the globe," he said.