“Gentlemen, thank you for joining us here at this symbolic venue to complete these negotiations,” the chief American negotiator welcomed.
“Excuse me, Mr. Herbert,” the lead Chinese negotiator interrupted. “But isn’t Ms. Petrova joining us?”
“No, unfortunately the Russians have decided to withdraw from the process,” Herbert replied.
“Let us get on with business then,” Prince Abbas, the Saudi negotiator urged.
“Yes, Let’s,” agreed Mr. Huang.
Herbert slipped an envelope in front of each negotiator. “Well then, the President has reviewed you initial offers, and instructed me to present you with these counter offers for the purchase of New York, and Los Angeles respectively. I am now prepared to negotiate any reasonable adjustments to these figures.”