Bush: Will Call On Congress To Support Panama Trade Pact
Friday, February 16 2007 @ 08:01 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Bush told Torrijos that a trade deal with Panama is "in the interest of the United States." Torrijos said he is happy with Bush's commitment to the agreement. "I'm very pleased and recognize your commitment for pushing the free trade agenda and trying to finish the free trade agreement with Panama and the rest of the Latin American countries," Torrijos said, adding that he's satisfied Latin America is "still a very important part" of the White House's agenda. Early next month, Bush is traveling to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico, a trip that is likely to emphasize regional trade. In addition to trade, Bush said he discussed energy with Torrijos, and the administration's drive to boost the use of biofuels. He said Panama can help. "I believe your capacity to make biofuels and our desire to use biofuels will make an interesting match as we work to become less dependent on oil and better stewards of the environment," Bush said.