July 10, 2019 / 9:07 PM / 3 months ago

U.S., EU could reach trade deal before year-end: German minister

German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmeier speaks at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund, in Washington, D.C., July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonas Ekblom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union could reach a trade agreement on industrial goods by the end of the year if there were sufficient political will to get it done, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Wednesday.

Altmaier said at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund that it would be in the interest of both sides to move forward on those issues that could be agreed upon, deferring an ongoing dispute about whether agricultural products should be included in any trade deal between the two economic blocs.

“We are ready to talk about regulatory cooperation and mutual recognition of certificates for products, especially from America,” Altmaier said. “If there is a political will, we could come to a solution before the end of the year.”

Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Jonas Ekblom; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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