Sky News, 18 Feb 2014
Negotiators are 'very close' to completing a US-led Pacific trade pact this year, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says ahead of a crucial meeting in the city-state this weekend.
Trade ministers from 12 countries will meet from Saturday to Tuesday in a bid to iron out kinks in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after negotiators failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to strike a deal by the end of last year.
'I think we are very close to completing it,' Lee Hsien Loong said in an interview with Chinese media group Caixin. Full story