Italy PM says EU will take common position on U.S. tariffs

March 9, 2018 18:31
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Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Friday the European Union would decide at its next meeting on a common position in response to US President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Trade policy was the main topic of a phone call on Friday between Gentiloni and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Gentiloni said in a statement."Tariffs are not the right path to take," Gentiloni said during the discussion, but added it was "important to continue dialogue with the United States."

"We will decide on a common position to take at the next European Council meeting," he said.

Trump signed an order on Thursday that imposed 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum, in a bid to counter cheap imports, especially from China.

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