Pacific trade pact leaders due to meet on new deal

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Pacific trade pact leaders due to meet on new deal
Pacific trade pact leaders due to meet on new deal

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) – Leaders of the countries participating in a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by President Donald Trump have agreed to meet and work out details of a deal.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday that he was “reasonably confident” the 11 countries remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have a basic agreement.

His comments to a business conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum followed conflicting reports that a basic agreement had been reached.

Najib said officials met until 3 a.m. Friday trying to bridge their differences and produce a statement for the leaders of their countries to endorse.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the Da Nang International Airport in Danang, Vietnam, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, left, shakes hands with Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha (center, right) as he arrives at the Da Nang International Airport in Danang, Vietnam, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives flowers as he arrives at the Da Nang International Airport in Danang, Vietnam, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the Da Nang International Airport in Danang, Vietnam, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the Da Nang International Airport in Danang, Vietnam, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)
President and CEO of UL Keith William, right, speaks as EO of Malong Huang Dinglong looks on during the second day of the APEC CEO Summit taking place ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Dinh Hoang)
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