Peru's president Alejandro Toledo is meeting President George W Bush in Washington this week to push for a free trade agreement with the US.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Toledo said his government was aiming to sign the agreement, which also involves Colombia and Ecuador, by January.

Mr Toledo wants to use the trade agreement to find a larger market for Peru's textile products.

"If we produce textiles, they are labour-intensive and produce jobs. The prices are much more controlled, and if we have the market with the free trade agreement then we can generate jobs," he told the newspaper.