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Moon Jae-in
The spirit of the United Nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue. The Korean Peninsula is where that spirit is most desperately needed. Once again here at the U.N. General Assembly where nations pledge actions for world peace and the mutual prosperity of all peoples, I make the following points very clear to North Korea and the international community. We do not desire the collapse of North Korea. We will not seek unification by absorption or artificial means.feedback
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Sep 21 2017
Emmanuel Macron, Roberto Azevêdo and John Kerry, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Multilateralism. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 98 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 121 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Emmanuel Macron is: “Our challenges are global, and more than ever we need multilateralism. Walls don't protect us; what protects us is our joint willingness to change history. We are all linked.”.
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Xi Jinping

Multilateral trade negotiations make progress only with great difficulty and the implementation of the Paris Agreement has met with resistance.feedback

Ben Affleck

This is a step in evolution to bring together all of these characters who have had their origins. It's about multilateralism, and it's about hope and about working together and the kind of conflicts of trying to work together with others. Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. It's very different from the tenor of the last movie and there's also more room for humor.feedback

Kotaro Tamura - Milken Institute

If we have the means to have a multilateral trade scheme, it can keep those countries on Japan's side.feedback

Izumi Nakamitsu - United Nations Development Programme

There are currently no multilateral standards or regulations covering military AI applications. Without wanting to sound alarmist, there is a very real danger that without prompt action, technological innovation will outpace civilian oversight in this space.feedback

Rob Berschinski

The Trump administration's rhetoric around 'America first' and general disdain for multilateral diplomacy was contradicted by the very fact of breaking with [recent Republican] precedent and establishing ambassador Haley as a full-fledged member of the Cabinet.feedback

Ali Alwaleed al-Thani - World Trade Organization

If it is self-regulating, that is a danger to the entire multilateral trading system itself. And we believe the WTO will take that into consideration.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Donald Trump listened to me, he understood the meaning of my approach, including the link between global warming and terrorism. He told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months, . We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord. It is important to maintain the dialogue so that the US can eventually reintegrate the field of action against global warming and play the game of multilateralism. Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord, let's see what happens.feedback

Paul Richards

Mandatory relocation would involve costs and risks for users of capital markets. This is likely to increase costs for end-users of the derivatives market, given current economies of scale in London from pooling liquidity in several currencies, which allow multilateral netting of transactions and a reduction in the collateral needed.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I will not concede anything in the direction of those who are pushing against multilateralism. We need better coordination, more coordination. We need those organizations that were created out of the Second World War. Otherwise, we will be moving back toward narrow-minded nationalism.feedback

Brian Klaas

The multilateral order forged by the United States is under pressure from nationalism, corruption, dictatorships and protectionism.feedback

Angela Merkel

We're united in our will to strengthen multilateral relations at the G20 summit … We need an open society, especially open trade flows.feedback

Alan Bollard

We need to keep the understanding that it has moved a billion people out of extreme poverty in APEC alone.We do know we need to do it differently. But there will be a strong feeling from all around the APEC region that we keeping going multilateral on that not just revert to bilateral deals.feedback

Angela Stanzel - European Council

The election of Trump has facilitated China's aims in Europe. Trump facilitates China's narrative of being the new defender of multilateralism and especially global free trade, and China sees Germany as defending that, too, as a kind of sidekick. And it fits into the Chinese idea of creating an alternative leadership to the United States.feedback

Cosette Creamer

I think there are more multilateral approaches and even unilateral responses that would be more appropriate. In other words, I'm concerned about using the use of the national security justification and the slippery slope that might send us down. I think using the national security justification was a smart legal strategy in terms of the deference that the WTO will likely give such a determination. But I also worry about what any WTO challenge to duties – if imposed – would mean for the authority and legitimacy of the WTO dispute resolution system.feedback

Suleyman Sensoy

Obviously Qatar is being punished by certain countries, I think the mounting anger from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States toward Qatar's policies has triggered this crisis . Turkey will continue to rely on bilateral or multilateral diplomacy in an attempt to get the situation back to normal.feedback

Hua Chunying

China will stay committed to upholding and promoting the global governance on climate change, and take an active part in the multilateral process on climate change. We will work with all relevant parties to safeguard the outcomes of the Paris Agreement, press ahead with the negotiation and implementation of the enforcement rules, and promote green, low-carbon and sustainable growth of the world.feedback

Ben Adler

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement serves no practical purpose. It has no benefit other than pandering to the conservative movements ideological opposition to multilateralism and environmental regulation. Even Trumps own stated policy goals would be better served by staying in the agreement. Set aside the argument that walking out [].feedback

Luke Coffey

I think it was like a trial balloon that someone in the administration probably sent up to see kind of how people gauge it or how people would respond to it. These countries in the region are very suspicious of multilateral institutions. The best way for the U.S. to do this is by having very strong bilateral relationships with the countries in the region.feedback

Robert Lighthizer

We expect to engage with members here in many cases on a bilateral basis. The president made the decision, which I certainly agree with, that bilateral negotiation is better for the United States than multilateral negotiations. But we certainly expect to stay engaged and I believe that at some point that there'll be a series of bilateral agreements with willing partners in this part of the world. Our view is that we want free trade, we want fair trade, we want a system that leads to greater market efficiencies in the world.feedback

Wang Shouwen

I think confidence we have shown in this meeting for the multilateral trading system for regional economic co-operation within Apec [the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum] can be a very good and strong signal that we are united and we are steadfast in fighting trade protectionism and reducing trade risks.feedback

Robert Lighthizer

The United States pulled out of the TPP and it's not going to change that decision. That does not mean we will not engage in this region. The president made a decision, that I certainly agree with, that bilateral negotiations are better for the United States than multilateral negotiations.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Included in our manifesto is absolute commitment which is given by the party and given by me that we will also pursue multilateral disarmament through the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and that is a position that has been held for a long time by the party. It is clear what is said in the manifesto.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour supports the renewal of the Trident submarine system. But any prime minister should be extremely cautious about ordering the use of weapons of mass destruction which would result in the indiscriminate killing of millions of innocent civilians. As a nuclear armed power, our country has a responsibility to fulfil our international obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Labour will lead multilateral efforts with international partners and the UN to create a nuclear free world.feedback

Zhang Tuosheng

The security situation in Northeast Asia is increasingly intense. The visit of North Korean officials brings a new opportunity to cool the tensions and pave the way for possible bilateral or multilateral talks. China would not easily provide economic assistance to Pyongyang at the request of the North Korean delegation, and Beijing is likely to take this chance to ask North Korea to give up its nuclear development and missile launch plan.feedback

Cecilia Malmström - European Trade

But of course, right now there are those who doubt the benefits of free trade and of multilateral regulations. Those of us who want to do business are sending this signal that we are ready; we want to build bridges and not walls.feedback

Arun Jaitley

I believe that an individual trade pact may not succeed because one country has pulled out, as in the case of TPP. But trade is going to move forward. Trade is going to find ways and means – either by way of multilateral arrangements, plurilateral arrangements, or bilateral arrangements – of moving forward. I don't think there is any force in the world today that can prevent trade. As long as we keep reform momentum, which we are doing, we should be okay.feedback

Sarah Margon - Human Rights Watch

We're looking at a president who appears to align himself with autocrats, undermine the rule of law and is taking a step back from critical multilateral institutions. He's signaling to partners, allies and even adversaries that human rights are not a key part of his foreign policy.feedback

Wilbur Ross

There isn't a day that goes by that the president doesn't discuss some aspect of trade. As any multilateral organization, there's always the potential for modifying the rules. They're fed up with having their jobs go offshore. They're fed up with some of the destructive practices. So in effect, the country said in this last election: It's about time to fix these things. And the president heard that message.feedback

Steve Okun

[For] the four presidents preceding Donald Trump, we had a focus on a multi-lateral system that was rules based, and that evolved over time and it went from FTAs (free-trade agreements) and WTO (World Trade Organization) and up to the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). The Trump administration seems to be shifting that from a multilateral to a bilateral and from a rules-based to a transactional. It is certainly a step back.feedback

Steve Okun

If you're a business and you have a global supply chain and you trade across borders, how are you going to put all this together to take advantage of those bilaterals? You can't. The multilateral system eliminates the spaghetti bowl problem. And it also brings a set of rules that you can craft your business around and you can craft your supply chain around. What Secretary Ross was talking about was one of the biggest issues that was negotiated in the TPP. All of that was negotiated at length in that agreement.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

The Labour party is very clear. We're committed to a credible nuclear capability at the minimum end of the scale, delivered through continuous at-sea deterrent. That is Labour party policy and it will be in the manifesto. We are committed to renewing the Trident system. We would not be in a position where the first choice would be to press that red button. We believe in multilateralism. We believe in sitting down and negotiating away our nuclear weapons systems to create a nuclear weapon free world. We also need to make sure no other countries develop or get nuclear weapons as well.feedback

Zhou Xiaochuan

It is especially important to enhance the multilateral system of open and free trade and investment, jointly resist protectionism, and accelerate the liberalization of global trade and investment. Rising anti-globalization and protectionism sentiment against international trade and investment pose challenges to global growth.feedback

Philip Hammond

I think there is an appetite among G20, G7 partners to look for areas where we can demonstrate by our actions, rather than words, to the new U.S. administration how these multilateral organizations can help the U.S. administration to achieve its objectives. The new administration comes into office with, shall we say, a degree of skepticism about the value of the multilateral organizations. It's for the multilateral organizations to demonstrate their value.feedback

Haruhiko Kuroda - Bank of Japan

My belief is that a multilateral framework promoting free trade will continue. There won't be huge changes to that. Unwinding the more than 70-year postwar history of free trade and globalism isn't the appropriate approach. That's why the BOJ will continue its ultra-easy monetary policy to achieve its 2 percent inflation target at the earliest date possible.feedback

Meredith Sumpter

As we heard in South Korea and Japan, what we are likely to hear in Indonesia and Australia is the U.S. vice president messaging that despite walking away from a multilateral trade regime, the U.S. recognizes that its economic ties with Asia are central, and that the U.S. is going to find ways to invest in those relationships, notably with trade, and with trying to expand access for U.S. firms in the region.feedback

Wang Yi

Military force cannot resolve the issue. Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple loss. No one can become a winner. As long as dialogue takes place, it can be official or unofficial, through one channel or dual channels, bilateral or multilateral. China is willing to give support to all of them.feedback

Bruce Klinger

President Trump has made it very clear that he doesn't like multilateral free trade agreements as much as some of us will like the TPP to have been passed.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

More recently, we worked together to ensure that the Great Recession did not become another Great Depression. Cooperation through a multilateral framework has benefited every country. Fostering more resilient growth therefore requires more international cooperation – not less.feedback

Luis Alberto Moreno - Inter-American Development Bank

On this occasion, the United States, for various domestic reasons, did not want to participate. Once President Trump's government began, they informed us – at the beginning of February – that the United States would not be making any contribution.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

We vote no – that is possible. It has happened in a number of other cases that a big international multilateral agreement was voted down by the European Parliament after it was concluded.feedback

Stephen Roach

It's pretty disappointing when you get finance ministers from leading countries in the world who, out of the blue, are unable to validate the commitment to anti-protectionism which is the underpinning globalization. That's an obvious reflection of the shifts in the political winds in the United States and indicative of a U.S. economy that is backing away from multilateralism. It was a disturbing meeting. I don't agree with anything Peter Navarro has said or written in his entire career.feedback

Tim Condon

Multilateralism is out. The U.S. administration will pursue its America First agenda through bilateral negotiations with countries running large trade surpluses with the U.S. Germany is one and in his meeting with German Chancellor Merkel, President Trump complained that the U.S. had been treated 'very, very unfairly' by its trading partners.feedback

Peter Yeo - United Nations

From what's being described to us, these are far-reaching cuts in both assessed and voluntary contributions. But the real consequence is we lose our credibility with the United Nations when we don't pay our dues. If you want multilateral pressure, including sanctions on rogue regimes, you've got to have strong American leadership in the Security Council. ... Why would other countries do what we want if we aren't paying our dues? They won't.feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

There is no economic reason for the Trump administration's hostility to trade agreements. There are a few political reasons, however.feedback

Yoon Young-Kwan

The presence of U.S. troops in South Korea plays an essential stabilizer role in strengthening the security of the region especially when Northeast Asia has no effective mechanism for multilateral security cooperation like (the) OSCE in Europe.feedback

Yasutoshi Nishimura

We don't want any border tax to violate WTO rules by becoming a tax system intended to promote exports. Our position is WTO rules and multilateralism are important and we want to lobby for that.feedback

Javad Zarif

It's a multilateral deal and multilateral deals cannot be reopened for negotiations because it would open a Pandora's box.feedback

Brad Smith

Governments around the world should pursue a broader multilateral agreement that affirms recent cybersecurity norms as global rules. Just as the world's governments came together in 1949 to adopt the Fourth Geneva Convention to protect civilians in times of war, [today] we need a Digital Geneva Convention that will commit governments to implement the norms that have been developed to protect civilians on the internet in times of peace.feedback

Michael McCarthy

Open calls for regime change would play directly into Maduro's hands and undermine efforts to marshal a multilateral coalition to pressure Caracas.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I do not think there is any valid reason to avoid someone who is very competent to do a job that is extremely important. Let's do everything possible to make this relationship a constructive relationship. Having said so, we need to respect our values and we need to make sure a multilateral approach to global problems is valued.feedback

Angela Merkel

We have to see what the U.S. administration does and then we have to decide whether to react or not to react. I have often said that I support multilateralism and mutual trade agreements. I believe the world mastered the financial and banking crisis because we reacted together in the G20. It's in the German interest to ideally strengthen the similarities that both sides share from our side, from the cooperation of intelligence agencies to issues of defence.feedback

Paul Ryan

A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube. I don't think you're going to go back and reconstitute the multilateral sanctions that were in place. I think we also need to ratchet up sanctions. I think what this administration is doing, which I agree with, is saying, We have a new administration, and we're going to hold you, Iran, to account. This last administration did not do that.feedback

Beata Szydło

European politicians trying to build this sense of fear ... are making a mistake. We have again made very clear our common values and our faith in multilateralism.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

Republicans and Democrats always had a consensus about the importance of U.S.-led multilateral institutions, the centrality of globalization, and free trade. Some were more skeptical than others, but the idea behind all of these things was that using American leadership to create standards and alliances benefits us because we're the biggest economy and have the strongest military.feedback

Philip Lane

The maintenance of financial stability necessarily requires considerable bilateral and multilateral collaboration across major central banks. Let us see if some intermediate-level arrangements between the UK and the EU will be delivered through the upcoming EU-UK negotiations.feedback

Peter Navarro

A big obstacle to viewing TTIP as a bilateral deal is Germany, which continues to exploit other countries in the E.U. as well as the U.S. with an 'implicit Deutsche Mark' that is grossly undervalued. I personally view TTIP as a multilateral deal with many countries under one 'roof''. The German structural imbalance in trade with the rest of the E.U. and the U.S. underscores the economic heterogeneity within the E.U. – ergo, this is a multilateral deal in bilateral dress.feedback

Peter Navarro

The German structural imbalance in trade with the rest of the EU and the U.S. underscores the economic heterogeneity within the EU – ergo, this (TTIP) is a multilateral deal in bilateral dress.feedback

Rajiv Biswas - IHS Economics & Country Risk

China is likely to play a much stronger lead role in the future Asia Pacific trade architecture through a number of multilateral trade liberalisation initiatives, notably the RCEP and FTAAP. As the FTAAP would be realised outside of Apec, but in parallel with the organisations's process, this creates greater flexibility in case some members do not wish to pursue the vision.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We wish for the success of today's meeting. But I don't know if we're going to reach a real agreement. We hope for negotiations to resume in Geneva. The U.S. is a powerful country. It's a superpower. And it carries responsibilities to the world. Even if it is defending the interests of its people, it cannot defend its people's interests without a multilateral approach.feedback

Werner Hoyer - European Investment Bank

We, Europeans, must lead the free world against climate sceptics. We aim to provide $100 billion for climate action over the next five years, the largest contribution of any single multilateral institution. We will be missed in the U.K. if we had to reduce our business there or disappear completely.feedback

Theresa May

It is about embracing genuine free trade, because that is the basis of our prosperity but also the best way to cement the multilateral partnerships and co-operation that help to build a better world. I want the U.K. to emerge from this period of change as a truly global Britain – the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe, too.feedback

Raghuram Rajan

They all are under pressure to act strong but in a multilateral world, not everybody can look strong–someone has to give, and the question now is who's gonna give?feedback

Helga Schmid

It's a multilateral agreement that cannot be renegotiated bilaterally.feedback

Henry McVey - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

From 2008-2015, this 'political bull market' took the form of more regulation, higher taxes and heightened industry scrutiny. Many governments also promoted fiscal austerity, multilateral trade and aggressive monetary stimulus. However, last year's U.K. Brexit vote and U.S. election of President Donald Trump likely presage a new chapter in this bull market story.feedback

Ivan Rogers

Serious multilateral negotiating experience is in short supply in Whitehall, and that is not the case in the Commission or in the Council. Senior ministers, who will decide on our positions, issue by issue, also need from you detailed, unvarnished - even where this is uncomfortable - and nuanced understanding of the views, interests and incentives of the other 27.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

This is the moment in which we need to assert the value of multilateralism. This is the moment in which we need to recognise that only global solutions can address global problems and that the UN is the cornerstone of that multilateral approach.feedback

Richard Grenell - United Nations

Trump is talking about reforming these organizations so that they live up to their ideals, not about abandoning them.feedback

John Kirby

The secretary doesn't see this as a snub at all. He sees it as another multilateral effort to try to get a lasting peace in Syria, and he welcomes any progress towards that.feedback

Jacob Parakilas - Chatham House

It may be possible in time to build up support for a multilateral restoration of sanctions. But at the moment that's just not really the case - and ending U.S. participation in the deal right now would make it more, not less, difficult.feedback

John Silvia - Wells Fargo Securities

It seems to me that Donald Trump is betting that his ability to do bilateral deals will get the U.S. economy further than doing a multilateral broad deal overall for the global economy.feedback

Geng Shuang

We hope that these trade deals will follow the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules and be helpful to the multilateral trade system. Also, we hope these agreements can reinforce rather than thwart each other.feedback

Segolene Royal

I think that when he (Trump) actually takes office he will see that withdrawing from multilateral negotiations and climate issues would weaken the United States.feedback

Roberto Azevêdo

US leadership in the global economy and the multilateral trading system remains vital. It's clear many feel trade isn't working for them. We must address this and ensure trade delivers the widest benefit to the most people.feedback

Angel Gurria - OECD

Panama's decision to sign the multilateral convention is a confirmation of its commitment to take the necessary steps to meet international expectations in the fight against tax evasion. It also sends a clear signal that the international community is united in its efforts to stamp out offshore tax evasion. We will continue our efforts until there is nowhere left to hide.feedback

KV Kamath

Infrastructure alone has needs globally of USD 1-1.5 trillion a year – all the multilateral banks put together can do maybe 15 percent of this.feedback

Mark Toner

The urgent need right now in front of us is some kind of cessation of hostilities, at least a significant reduction in the level of violence, certainly in and around Aleppo, and that's going to be a primary focus. I would just say that we're looking to get this multilateral effort and approach to Syria up and running.feedback

Mark Toner

It was part of those multilateral efforts now that are going to continue because we recognize they got to be part of the conversation.feedback

John Kerry

One "we did not come to lightly. We are not abandoning the pursuit of peace, we are not going to leave the multilateral field, we are going to continue to try to find a way forward in order to end. People who are serious about making peace behave differently from the way Russia has chosen to behave.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The U.S. is fully aware that JCPOA constitutes a recognized multilateral agreement, and any failure on the part of the United States in implementing it would constitute an international wrongful act and would be objected to by the international community.feedback

John Kerry

If the plan is implemented in good faith, if the stakeholders do the things that are available for them to do and they're being called on to do, this can be a moment where the multilateral efforts at the diplomatic table, the negotiations, could take hold and you can really provide the people of Syria with the transition.feedback

Angel Gurria - OECD

We're going to be modifying those into one, single multilateral agreement by all the parties involved so that everybody can move towards a transparent world, one where can avoid avoidance of tax payments.feedback

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

You can't end poverty without more trade, not less trade. I'm very concerned about it and I think all of us in the multilateral system have to really speak out about how important it is to continue the process of global integration, of trading with others.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

But we noticed that this decision didn't include multilateral formats and we are ready to use them.feedback

Ash Carter

With each Balikatan [joint Washington-Manila military exercises] and each cruise by the Stennis, with each new multilateral exercise and each new defense agreement, we add a stitch to the fabric of the region's security network. This is the network - peaceful, principled, and inclusive - America continues to stand for, and stand with.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

This achievement clearly demonstrates that with political will, perseverance, and through multilateral diplomacy. We can solve the most difficult issues and find practical solutions that are effectively implemented.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Today almost exactly six months after the finalisation of this historic deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran has implemented its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), is in the offing. As Iran has fulfilled its commitments today multilateral and national economic and financial sanctions related to Iran's nuclear programme are lifted.feedback

Jesse Jackson

I hope that the multilateral deal with Iran will be successful and be confirmed and I hope that Venezuela will be next. We must choose peace over war. It's right and it's less expensive than war.feedback

Ali Asghar Soltanieh

We still hope that the right decision is made and our European friends and Russians and others spare no effort to find a peaceful settlement of this issue and do not let (the) unilateral policy of the United States take multilateral diplomacy as a hostage.feedback

Maxim Medvedkov - World Trade Organization

We've been talking about how we can wrap up the negotiations on the common multilateral issues by the end of this year and then by mid-2007 we can complete the discussions with those countries that have not yet signed bilateral agreements with Russia.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Of course as we move forward there has to be a removal of sanctions and in the end game there has to be a total lifting of all sanctions and both bilateral sanctions, unilateral sanctions as well as multilateral sanctions and UN sanctions.feedback

Simona Volta

In Milan it's another day of bilateral and multilateral talks. Putin and Poroshenko's positions remain different. Perhaps another day with no solution to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.feedback

Mark Malloch Brown

We'd hoped, and we make no secret of it, that there would be a stronger French contribution but I think we're happy with what they've given us. Others have come forward and we're pretty convinced we've got the elements here of a strong force which is very multilateral in character but well able to do the task it will be given.feedback

Anar Khamzayeva

It comes at a very important time when European Union and Russia, and Russia-Nato are rethinking, restructuring their relationship. So the coming summit is more about the EU-Atlantic, Eurasian security environment and how the Russian initiatives on European security will be viewed, and there has already been much progress on this and I think the summit comes in a positive light for all these developments. Countries now are recognizing that there is a need for a multilateral approach to addressing common challenges and threats.feedback

Reinhard Quick

I very much favour stripping down non-tariff barriers because they are an obstacle to trade. But that doesn't mean for example that environmental barriers should be stripped down. Imports still have to comply with our environmental regulations, so I think there is a mistake in thinking that you strip down environmental barriers when you conclude multilateral trade negotiations where you liberalise trade – but on the same time the goods which come into the EU have to comply with our laws.feedback

Roberto Azevêdo

These bilateral agreements, in which the negotiation is closed and few countries are involved, tend to test the boundaries of trading. They go to the limit of what is possible in terms of negotiating the liberalisation of trade and the creation of new rules. The multilateral agreement involves a larger number of countries, so it tends to be somewhat slower, not going to the border, but harmonize everything in a much faster way.feedback

Roberto Azevêdo

These countries need greater attention from the multilateral trading system, we must give them more opportunities to fit the commerce and production's chains, something that currently takes place across borders. A product is no longer just made in one country, but in several. However, the opportunities will appear from nowhere, it takes work to identify these opportunities and allow these countries to participate in a more active away in those flows.feedback

Roberto Azevêdo

No way, it can help a lot! It can help a lot because it means progress in some fields of work that may eventually be used as inspiration for multilateral understanding.feedback

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski - European Parliament

More and more countries, even those that have chosen the bilateral deals over the multilateral European Union level approach, are now changing their perspectives: Austria, in spite the bilateral deal, is cut off; Bulgaria, in spite of the bilateral deal, is cut off.feedback

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

The war against terrorism is far from being won. We have still a lot to do, in security terms, but also in political terms, so that we make it clear that it is not acceptable to invoke religion for political destructive ends, and that we should in a multilateral way join all efforts to tackle this global threat to our community and to our values.feedback

Lula da Silva

Mercosur and our allies from Latin America and the Caribbean will not sit back passively as the world discusses the global economic crisis. We will have an important role in the construction of a new political and economic architecture that is multipolar and multilateral.feedback

Pascal Lamy - World Trade Organization

I think it is no use beating around the bush. This meeting has collapsed. Members have simply not been able to bridge their differences. What happened today will certainly not strengthen the multilateral trading system. It will not improve the system which has provided members with an insurance policy against protectionism over the last sixty years.feedback

William Hague

If the DPRK conducts another missile launch or nuclear test, we committed ourselves to take further significant measures. We also condemn the DPRK's current aggressive rhetoric and confirm that this will only serve further to isolate the DPRK and we urge them to engage incredible and authentic multilateral talks on de-nuclearisation.feedback

Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega

We remind the countries of origin of these immigrants arriving on our shores these past weeks that we are not going to tolerate it any longer. We will no longer accept the non-respect of signed bilateral and multilateral agreements, and we are going to act firmly. I repeat: let it be perfectly clear that all those who enter Spain in an irregular way, sooner or later, will leave Spain.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Maybe one or two of them, mostly one country started to feel that the situation was slipping our of their control. Any solution must include lifting all bilateral and multilateral sanctions as well as the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.feedback

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil believes that the governing of the internet should be multi-sector, democratic and transparent. We consider the multilateral model to be the best way to govern it.feedback

Andrei Stratan

Russia's role is important, as important as the role of the others involved in the negotiation process. And there are a lot of bargaining rounds, different proceedings on a bilateral level, on a trilateral level and on a multilateral level. I'm sorry to say that neither the Republic of Moldova nor our friends have found a way to get swiftly to the territorial reintegration of the Republic of Moldova.feedback

Andrei Stratan

We have a strong conviction that there will not be a big gap between the member states of the European Union and the countries who will become neighbours of the European Union. We will continue collaboration on a multilateral level with the European Union and bilateral collaboration with Romania.feedback

Timothy F. Geithner - U.S Treasury

We are concerned, as are many of China's trading partners, that the pace of appreciation has been too slow and the extent of the appreciation too limited. We will take China's actions into account, as we are preparing our next foreign exchange report, and we are examining the important question of what mix of tools – tools available to the US – and what multilateral approaches might help encourage the Chinese authorities to move more quickly.feedback

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