July 21, 2020 / 2:49 PM / 24 days ago

Pompeo says hopes for quick free trade deal with UK

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the meeting with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (not pictured), at Lancaster House in London, Britain July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States and Britain still have more work to do on a free trade deal, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday during a visit to London, adding that he hoped a deal could be finalised before too long.

“A third round (of negotiations) scheduled for later this month, a primary focus for the United States is to see that we can make progress on this and bring this to a closure just as quickly as possible,” he said during a brief news conference with his British counterpart Dominic Raab.

“I spoke with the prime minister this morning about this, and I hope that we can get it finalised before too long,” said Pompeo.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Estelle Shirbon

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