WASHINGTON May 13 Pacific trading partners are
not expected to reach a final agreement on an ambitious free
trade pact at a ministerial meeting in Singapore next week, a
senior U.S. official said.
The United States and Japan said after a leaders' summit
last month they had found a path forward on access to Japan's
farm and auto markets but gave no details of what was agreed.
The stalemate between the two countries, the biggest
economies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has held up
progress on the wider trade agreement in recent months as other
countries waited to see the outcome of the negotiations.
TPP negotiators, from countries including Canada, Australia,
Mexico and Malaysia, are in Vietnam this week for another round
of negotiations and ministers are due to meet next week.
(Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Sandra Maler)