Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his country will begin talks with Israel to expand the free trade agreement between the two countries.
Harper made the announcement following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in Jerusalem. They plan to enhance a trade agreement that came into force in 1997 with provisions to address regulatory matters and deal with other non-tariff trade barriers, according to a statement releaed by Harper’s office in Ottawa.
Negotiations between the two countries will begin Feb. 3, according to the statement.
In a separate statement, Harper said the two countries signed an agreement to promote growth and cooperate on energy security, international aid and development and human rights.
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