World Trade Organization (WTO) Director general Roberto Azevedo reacts during a press conference on November 24, 2016 in Geneva. AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo said on Thursday he had no indication that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump wanted to withdraw the United States from the global trading body.If the United States were to pull out of regional trade deals, the WTO would continue doing what it does, he said.Nor would free trade necessarily be damaged if the United States withdrew from existing or new regional trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement or the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Azevedo said, since much depended on what might be put in their place, and regional trade arrangements often failed or were renegotiated.Azevedo said every country had concerns about particular aspects of trade policies and trade deals but he would wait for Trump's team to announce its strategy before evaluating it.
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