United States President Barack Obama and Prime Minister John Key chatted by phone after the Apec summit, the White House has confirmed.
In a statement, the White Hose said Obama called Key to thank him for successfully chairing the meeting of the Trans-Pacific partnership leaders in Bali this week and to discuss the outcome.
"The two leaders welcomed the agreement among leaders that the 12-member nations will work toward the ambitious goal of concluding negotiations this year, and they committed to intensifying efforts to reach that goal," a White House spokesman said.
"As the TPP Leaders Statement noted, this comprehensive and high standard agreement is a model for future trade agreements and a promising pathway to our APEC goal of building a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific."
Obama was due to chair the meeting himself but Key stepped in after the US president was forced to stay home to deal with the US budget crisis.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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