October 19, 2018 / 7:59 AM / a year ago

Europe, Asia show commitment to free trade - Merkel

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the ASEM leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that an Asia-Europe summit in Brussels showed that some two-thirds of the world was committed to multilateralism and recognised the benefits of free trade.

“The summit shows that countries have gathered from Europe and Asia who want a rules-based trading and have pledged themselves to multilateralism,” she said, adding it was an important signal given that Europe and Asia represented almost two-thirds of world GDP, trade and population.

“Our theme is about creating connections, for example through free trade agreement... We can show that it’s about creating win-win situations, making it clear that when one profits, the other also profits.”

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald, Philip Blenkinsop

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