July 28, 2018 / 6:10 PM / 9 months ago

G20 agriculture ministers had 'frank discussion' about protectionism - Germany

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Julia Kloeckner, leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party CDU in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate are seen following an election campain rally in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The G20 agriculture ministers gathered in Buenos Aires this weekend had a “frank discussion” about the fact that they do not want unilateral protectionist measures, German Agriculture Minister Julia Klockner told reporters on Saturday.

In a joint statement, the ministers agreed not to adopt “unnecessary obstacles” to trade as global trade tensions escalate.

Reporting by Luc Cohen; Editing by Sandra Maler

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