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U.S. Trade Representative Froman Announces Departure of Chief Agricultural Negotiator Siddiqui

December 12, 2013

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced that Chief Agricultural Negotiator Islam Siddiqui has announced his intention to depart the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative early next year.  Ambassador Siddiqui has served in the Obama Administration since 2010. 

“On behalf of the President and all of us at USTR, I want to thank Ambassador Siddiqui for his service,” Ambassador Froman said.  “Since President Obama took office, USTR has achieved great wins for American farmers and ranchers.  Ambassador Siddiqui has been a key part of our team from the beginning will be missed not only by his colleagues in Washington but by counterparts around the world.  He played a key role in the Panama, Colombia, and Korea FTAs as well as progress on a variety of bilateral, plurilateral, and multilateral issues, most recently the successful WTO outcome in Bali this week.” 

During his tenure at USTR, Ambassador Siddiqui has been a senior member of the management team with responsibility for bilateral and multilateral negotiations and policy coordination regarding agricultural trade.  Prior to serving as USTR, he served in a variety of positions in the public and private sectors including U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture and with the California Department of Food & Agriculture.