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Mr Willy De Clercq, Member of the Commission with special responsibility for external relations and trade policy, will visit San Diego, California, from 16 to 19 January in order to take part in an informal meeting of trade ministers. These meetings, which are held at regular intervals, bring together the trade ministers of the United States, Japan and Canada as well as the Member of the Commission responsible for trade policy. The concept of these "quadripartite" meetings was agreed at the Ottawa Summit in July 1981. The aim is to provide ministers with the opportunity of an informal exchange of views on international trade issues. The main topic on the agenda for the San Diego meeting will be the new round of multilateral negotiations and, in particular, the broad approach to be adopted in the preparatory discussions and at the ministerial meeting planned for November. As well as attending to the meeting, Mr De Clercq will have separate talks with Mr Clayton Yeutter, the US Trade Representative, Mr Hichio Watanabe, Japan's new Minister for Interntional Trade and Industry, andMr James Kelleher, Canada's Minister of Trade and Commerce.