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Canada-EU Close to Trade Deal
Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:53 AM CDT

TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper headed to Brussels on Thursday to conclude a free trade deal with the European Union, as Canada seeks to diversify its trade away from the United States.

On thorny issue surrounding the deal was overcome Thursday when Canada announced it would lift visa requirements for Czech nationals.

The Czech, which had threatened to block the free trade deal over the visa issue, welcomed the announcement. Canada reimposed visa requirements for Czech citizens in 2007 because of concerns over an excessive number of asylum seekers. Canada's Ambassador to Prague, Otto, Jelinek, said his ...

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