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APEC finds consensus on Pacific free trade, Ukraine war fallout

Thailand clinches elusive joint statement and wins support for sustainability agenda

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, chair of this year's APEC forum, passes a bamboo basket symbolizing the baton to U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Nov. 19. The U.S. will host next year's APEC meetings.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ended on Saturday with leaders from the 21 member economies issuing a consensus statement that addresses the war in Ukraine, an issue that had left the group sharply divided all year.

"This should be considered the joint success of all APEC economies and all those who are involved at this meeting," said Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, chair of this year's summit.

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