Side Letter on Dispute Settlement
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20508
Washington, July 23, 2001
Dear Mr. Ambassador:
I wish to share my Government's views on implementation of the dispute settlement provisions included in the Agreement between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the United States of America on the Establishment of a Free Trade Area, signed on October 24, 2000.
Given the close working relationship between our two Governments, the volume of trade between our two countries, and the clear rules of the Agreement, I would expect few if any differences to arise between our two Governments over the interpretation or application of the Agreement. Should any difference arise under the Agreement, my Government will make every effort to resolve them without recourse to formal dispute settlement procedures.
In particular, my Government would not expect or intend to apply the Agreement's dispute settlement procedures to secure its rights under the Agreement in a manner that results in blocking trade. In light of the wide range of our bilateral ties and the spirit of collaboration that characterizes our relations, my Government considers that approprite measures for resolving any differences that may arise regarding the Agreement would be bilateral consultations and other procedures, particularly alternative mechanisms, that will help to secure compliance without recourse to traditional trade sanctions.
Robert B. Zoellick
United States Trade Representative
United States of America
His Excellency Marwan Muasher
of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
to the United States
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