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Canada to seek Caribbean trade partners at summit

Caribbean leaders say they have accepted a proposal to discuss creating a free-trade agreement with Canada.

The meeting is scheduled for April 17 on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad.

Caricom leaders have said they are ''committed to the early commencement of negotiations'' for an agreement with Canada.

Caricom officials on Monday announced that the issue would be discussed during next month's summit, which will bring together heads of state from North America, South America and the Caribbean.

The first America's Summit, held in Miami in 1994, was aimed at creating a free-trade zone extending from Alaska to Patagonia. Efforts have faltered amid rising protectionist sentiment.

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