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Tim Condon
Multilateralism is out. The U.S. administration will pursue its America First agenda through bilateral negotiations with countries running large trade surpluses with the U.S. Germany is one and in his meeting with German Chancellor Merkel, President Trump complained that the U.S. had been treated 'very, very unfairly' by its trading partners.
Mar 20 2017
Roberto Azevêdo, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Federica Mogherini and Angel Gurria, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Multilateralism. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 60 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 73 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Roberto Azevêdo is: “US leadership in the global economy and the multilateral trading system remains vital. It's clear many feel trade isn't working for them. We must address this and ensure trade delivers the widest benefit to the most people.”.
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Paul Ryan

A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube. I don't think you're going to go back and reconstitute the multilateral sanctions that were in place. I think we also need to ratchet up sanctions. I think what this administration is doing, which I agree with, is saying, We have a new administration, and we're going to hold you, Iran, to account. This last administration did not do that.

Beata Szydło

European politicians trying to build this sense of fear ... are making a mistake. We have again made very clear our common values and our faith in multilateralism.

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

Republicans and Democrats always had a consensus about the importance of U.S.-led multilateral institutions, the centrality of globalization, and free trade. Some were more skeptical than others, but the idea behind all of these things was that using American leadership to create standards and alliances benefits us because we're the biggest economy and have the strongest military.

Philip Lane

The maintenance of financial stability necessarily requires considerable bilateral and multilateral collaboration across major central banks. Let us see if some intermediate-level arrangements between the UK and the EU will be delivered through the upcoming EU-UK negotiations.

Peter Navarro

A big obstacle to viewing TTIP as a bilateral deal is Germany, which continues to exploit other countries in the E.U. as well as the U.S. with an 'implicit Deutsche Mark' that is grossly undervalued. I personally view TTIP as a multilateral deal with many countries under one 'roof''. The German structural imbalance in trade with the rest of the E.U. and the U.S. underscores the economic heterogeneity within the E.U. – ergo, this is a multilateral deal in bilateral dress.

Peter Navarro

The German structural imbalance in trade with the rest of the EU and the U.S. underscores the economic heterogeneity within the EU – ergo, this (TTIP) is a multilateral deal in bilateral dress.

Rajiv Biswas - IHS Economics & Country Risk

China is likely to play a much stronger lead role in the future Asia Pacific trade architecture through a number of multilateral trade liberalisation initiatives, notably the RCEP and FTAAP. As the FTAAP would be realised outside of Apec, but in parallel with the organisations's process, this creates greater flexibility in case some members do not wish to pursue the vision.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We wish for the success of today's meeting. But I don't know if we're going to reach a real agreement. We hope for negotiations to resume in Geneva. The U.S. is a powerful country. It's a superpower. And it carries responsibilities to the world. Even if it is defending the interests of its people, it cannot defend its people's interests without a multilateral approach.

Werner Hoyer - European Investment Bank

We, Europeans, must lead the free world against climate sceptics. We aim to provide $100 billion for climate action over the next five years, the largest contribution of any single multilateral institution. We will be missed in the U.K. if we had to reduce our business there or disappear completely.

Theresa May

It is about embracing genuine free trade, because that is the basis of our prosperity but also the best way to cement the multilateral partnerships and co-operation that help to build a better world. I want the U.K. to emerge from this period of change as a truly global Britain – the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe, too.

Donald J. Trump

The system is horizontal it applies to everybody, the system that is perceived to be fair to someone, isn't fair to someone else. That's the beauty of negotiations at a multilateral level - you try to strike a balance - the balance is never perfect for anyone.

Raghuram Rajan

They all are under pressure to act strong but in a multilateral world, not everybody can look strong–someone has to give, and the question now is who's gonna give?

Helga Schmid

It's a multilateral agreement that cannot be renegotiated bilaterally.

Henry McVey - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

From 2008-2015, this 'political bull market' took the form of more regulation, higher taxes and heightened industry scrutiny. Many governments also promoted fiscal austerity, multilateral trade and aggressive monetary stimulus. However, last year's U.K. Brexit vote and U.S. election of President Donald Trump likely presage a new chapter in this bull market story.

Ivan Rogers

Serious multilateral negotiating experience is in short supply in Whitehall, and that is not the case in the Commission or in the Council. Senior ministers, who will decide on our positions, issue by issue, also need from you detailed, unvarnished - even where this is uncomfortable - and nuanced understanding of the views, interests and incentives of the other 27.

António Guterres - United Nations

This is the moment in which we need to assert the value of multilateralism. This is the moment in which we need to recognise that only global solutions can address global problems and that the UN is the cornerstone of that multilateral approach.

John Kirby

The secretary doesn't see this as a snub at all. He sees it as another multilateral effort to try to get a lasting peace in Syria, and he welcomes any progress towards that.

Jacob Parakilas - Chatham House

It may be possible in time to build up support for a multilateral restoration of sanctions. But at the moment that's just not really the case - and ending U.S. participation in the deal right now would make it more, not less, difficult.

Fred Smith

I think trade agreements in general are good, whether they are multilateral or bilateral. The point is you need to move in the right direction.

John Silvia - Wells Fargo Securities

It seems to me that Donald Trump is betting that his ability to do bilateral deals will get the U.S. economy further than doing a multilateral broad deal overall for the global economy.

Geng Shuang

We hope that these trade deals will follow the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules and be helpful to the multilateral trade system. Also, we hope these agreements can reinforce rather than thwart each other.

Segolene Royal

I think that when he (Trump) actually takes office he will see that withdrawing from multilateral negotiations and climate issues would weaken the United States.

Roberto Azevêdo

US leadership in the global economy and the multilateral trading system remains vital. It's clear many feel trade isn't working for them. We must address this and ensure trade delivers the widest benefit to the most people.

Angel Gurria - OECD

Panama's decision to sign the multilateral convention is a confirmation of its commitment to take the necessary steps to meet international expectations in the fight against tax evasion. It also sends a clear signal that the international community is united in its efforts to stamp out offshore tax evasion. We will continue our efforts until there is nowhere left to hide.

KV Kamath

Infrastructure alone has needs globally of USD 1-1.5 trillion a year – all the multilateral banks put together can do maybe 15 percent of this.

Mark Toner

The urgent need right now in front of us is some kind of cessation of hostilities, at least a significant reduction in the level of violence, certainly in and around Aleppo, and that's going to be a primary focus. I would just say that we're looking to get this multilateral effort and approach to Syria up and running.

Mark Toner

It was part of those multilateral efforts now that are going to continue because we recognize they got to be part of the conversation.

John Kerry

One "we did not come to lightly. We are not abandoning the pursuit of peace, we are not going to leave the multilateral field, we are going to continue to try to find a way forward in order to end. People who are serious about making peace behave differently from the way Russia has chosen to behave.

Hassan Rouhani

The U.S. is fully aware that JCPOA constitutes a recognized multilateral agreement, and any failure on the part of the United States in implementing it would constitute an international wrongful act and would be objected to by the international community.

John Kerry

If the plan is implemented in good faith, if the stakeholders do the things that are available for them to do and they're being called on to do, this can be a moment where the multilateral efforts at the diplomatic table, the negotiations, could take hold and you can really provide the people of Syria with the transition.

Angel Gurria - OECD

We're going to be modifying those into one, single multilateral agreement by all the parties involved so that everybody can move towards a transparent world, one where can avoid avoidance of tax payments.

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

You can't end poverty without more trade, not less trade. I'm very concerned about it and I think all of us in the multilateral system have to really speak out about how important it is to continue the process of global integration, of trading with others.

Sergey Lavrov

But we noticed that this decision didn't include multilateral formats and we are ready to use them.

Ash Carter

With each Balikatan [joint Washington-Manila military exercises] and each cruise by the Stennis, with each new multilateral exercise and each new defense agreement, we add a stitch to the fabric of the region's security network. This is the network - peaceful, principled, and inclusive - America continues to stand for, and stand with.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

This achievement clearly demonstrates that with political will, perseverance, and through multilateral diplomacy. We can solve the most difficult issues and find practical solutions that are effectively implemented.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Today almost exactly six months after the finalisation of this historic deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran has implemented its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), is in the offing. As Iran has fulfilled its commitments today multilateral and national economic and financial sanctions related to Iran's nuclear programme are lifted.

Federica Mogherini - European Union
Mohammad Javad Zarif

This achievement clearly demonstrates that with political will, perseverance, and through multilateral diplomacy, we can solve the most difficult issues and find practical solutions that are effectively implemented.

Jesse Jackson

I hope that the multilateral deal with Iran will be successful and be confirmed and I hope that Venezuela will be next. We must choose peace over war. It's right and it's less expensive than war.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh

We still hope that the right decision is made and our European friends and Russians and others spare no effort to find a peaceful settlement of this issue and do not let (the) unilateral policy of the United States take multilateral diplomacy as a hostage.

Maxim Medvedkov - World Trade Organization

We've been talking about how we can wrap up the negotiations on the common multilateral issues by the end of this year and then by mid-2007 we can complete the discussions with those countries that have not yet signed bilateral agreements with Russia.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Of course as we move forward there has to be a removal of sanctions and in the end game there has to be a total lifting of all sanctions and both bilateral sanctions, unilateral sanctions as well as multilateral sanctions and UN sanctions.

Simona Volta

In Milan it's another day of bilateral and multilateral talks. Putin and Poroshenko's positions remain different. Perhaps another day with no solution to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

Mark Malloch Brown

We'd hoped, and we make no secret of it, that there would be a stronger French contribution but I think we're happy with what they've given us. Others have come forward and we're pretty convinced we've got the elements here of a strong force which is very multilateral in character but well able to do the task it will be given.

Anar Khamzayeva

It comes at a very important time when European Union and Russia, and Russia-Nato are rethinking, restructuring their relationship. So the coming summit is more about the EU-Atlantic, Eurasian security environment and how the Russian initiatives on European security will be viewed, and there has already been much progress on this and I think the summit comes in a positive light for all these developments. Countries now are recognizing that there is a need for a multilateral approach to addressing common challenges and threats.

Reinhard Quick

I very much favour stripping down non-tariff barriers because they are an obstacle to trade. But that doesn't mean for example that environmental barriers should be stripped down. Imports still have to comply with our environmental regulations, so I think there is a mistake in thinking that you strip down environmental barriers when you conclude multilateral trade negotiations where you liberalise trade – but on the same time the goods which come into the EU have to comply with our laws.

Roberto Azevêdo

These bilateral agreements, in which the negotiation is closed and few countries are involved, tend to test the boundaries of trading. They go to the limit of what is possible in terms of negotiating the liberalisation of trade and the creation of new rules. The multilateral agreement involves a larger number of countries, so it tends to be somewhat slower, not going to the border, but harmonize everything in a much faster way.

Roberto Azevêdo

These countries need greater attention from the multilateral trading system, we must give them more opportunities to fit the commerce and production's chains, something that currently takes place across borders. A product is no longer just made in one country, but in several. However, the opportunities will appear from nowhere, it takes work to identify these opportunities and allow these countries to participate in a more active away in those flows.

Roberto Azevêdo

No way, it can help a lot! It can help a lot because it means progress in some fields of work that may eventually be used as inspiration for multilateral understanding.

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski - European Parliament

More and more countries, even those that have chosen the bilateral deals over the multilateral European Union level approach, are now changing their perspectives: Austria, in spite the bilateral deal, is cut off; Bulgaria, in spite of the bilateral deal, is cut off.

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

The war against terrorism is far from being won. We have still a lot to do, in security terms, but also in political terms, so that we make it clear that it is not acceptable to invoke religion for political destructive ends, and that we should in a multilateral way join all efforts to tackle this global threat to our community and to our values.

Lula da Silva

Mercosur and our allies from Latin America and the Caribbean will not sit back passively as the world discusses the global economic crisis. We will have an important role in the construction of a new political and economic architecture that is multipolar and multilateral.

Pascal Lamy - World Trade Organization

I think it is no use beating around the bush. This meeting has collapsed. Members have simply not been able to bridge their differences. What happened today will certainly not strengthen the multilateral trading system. It will not improve the system which has provided members with an insurance policy against protectionism over the last sixty years.

William Hague

If the DPRK conducts another missile launch or nuclear test, we committed ourselves to take further significant measures. We also condemn the DPRK's current aggressive rhetoric and confirm that this will only serve further to isolate the DPRK and we urge them to engage incredible and authentic multilateral talks on de-nuclearisation.

Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega

We remind the countries of origin of these immigrants arriving on our shores these past weeks that we are not going to tolerate it any longer. We will no longer accept the non-respect of signed bilateral and multilateral agreements, and we are going to act firmly. I repeat: let it be perfectly clear that all those who enter Spain in an irregular way, sooner or later, will leave Spain.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Maybe one or two of them, mostly one country started to feel that the situation was slipping our of their control. Any solution must include lifting all bilateral and multilateral sanctions as well as the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil believes that the governing of the internet should be multi-sector, democratic and transparent. We consider the multilateral model to be the best way to govern it.

Andrei Stratan

Russia's role is important, as important as the role of the others involved in the negotiation process. And there are a lot of bargaining rounds, different proceedings on a bilateral level, on a trilateral level and on a multilateral level. I'm sorry to say that neither the Republic of Moldova nor our friends have found a way to get swiftly to the territorial reintegration of the Republic of Moldova.

Andrei Stratan

We have a strong conviction that there will not be a big gap between the member states of the European Union and the countries who will become neighbours of the European Union. We will continue collaboration on a multilateral level with the European Union and bilateral collaboration with Romania.

Timothy F. Geithner - U.S Treasury

We are concerned, as are many of China's trading partners, that the pace of appreciation has been too slow and the extent of the appreciation too limited. We will take China's actions into account, as we are preparing our next foreign exchange report, and we are examining the important question of what mix of tools – tools available to the US – and what multilateral approaches might help encourage the Chinese authorities to move more quickly.

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