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Tonga’s PM denies withdrawal from PACER Plus

Tonga’s PM denies withdrawal from PACER Plus
Tonga’s PM denies withdrawal from PACER Plus
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Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has denied a news media report saying he told reporters Tonga has withdrawn from PACER Plus trade deal.

The report appeared on Matangi Tonga newspaper after a press conference with the Prime Minister on March 23, according to a statement released to news media by the Prime Minister’s office, Kaniva News reports.

“I did not make that statement during my media conference on 23 March, nor did I say anything that even suggested, or could be translated or interpreted, that Tonga was no longer a signatory to the PACER Plus Agreement,” Tonga’s PM said.

The region-wide free trade agreement was signed in Tonga in June 2017.

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