President Barack Obama said Tuesday after meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy that, "we agreed that sustained and balanced growth includes rejecting protectionism."
"France is one of our largest trading partners and we need to expand global commerce, not constrain it," Obama told reporters. France will hold the G-8 and G-20 meetings in 2011.
Obama said it's important to move forward on Doha trade negotiations and to get "all interested parties to push for a more ambitious and balanced agreement that opens global markets."
During the prolonged Doha talks, U.S. officials have been working on agreements with big emerging economies such as Brazil, China and India, pushing those countries to open their markets.