After the first day of talks Wednesday, Malmstroem told reporters the European Union was steadfast in its refusal to include agriculture in negotiations even though Europe had increased purchases of US commodities.
European leaders last year were outraged after US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Brussels responded by slapping counter-tariffs on more than USD 3 billion in US exports like bourbon, blue jeans and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Malmstroem said she expects the US to abide by an agreement to exempt the EU from any new tariffs on autos -- a measure Trump is considering.
US, EU and Japanese officials also met Wednesday to discuss proposed reforms to World Trade Organization rules that would address unfair trade practices -- a move widely seen as a common front against China, which Washington accuses of massive state-intervention in markets and theft of intellectual property.
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