MALAYSIA TRADE TALKS: U.S. and Malaysian negotiators on Friday wrapped up the first round of what Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Barbara Weisel described as “productive” talks on a free trade agreement that would lower barriers to commerce. Weisel said during a conference call with reporters that there is still much work to be done. Her Malaysian counterparts have made clear that apparel and textiles are an important sector to them. Imports of apparel and textiles from Malaysia totaled 340.6 million square meter equivalents, valued at $728.1 million, for the year ended April 30. The next of what is expected to be four more rounds of talks this year is scheduled in Washington the week of July 17.

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