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Comment from Tim Fischer on AUSMIN [Australia/United States Ministerial Consultations] talks.



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MEDIA STATEMENT

 

THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR TRADE

 

Comment from Tim Fischer on AUSMIN talks

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Tim Fischer said that the AUSMIN talks held in Sydney today were constructive in relation to trade issues.

 

Mr Fischer said that there had been a reaffirmation by the US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright of the assurance given to the Prime Minister that the commercial market for wheat would not be undermined.

 

“It was further agreed that there would be more liaison between Australia and the United States with regard to the actual food aid and its type and distribution within Indonesia.”

 

Mr Fischer added that while AUSMIN was principally about the broad bilateral and defence issues it had provided an opportunity for Australia to state its strong concerns over EEP and DEIP, the misuse of export credits, and the size and direction of wheat aid as recently announced by the US.

 

Mr Fischer said he also raised his specific concern over the term used by Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, that the US food aid effort was about “opening new export channels” for American wheat growers.

 

 

Friday, 31 July

 

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