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CEO Alan Mulally said Thursday the automaker was sticking to its target of adding 7,000 U.S. jobs over the next two years.

Mulally, speaking from Bangkok, told reporters Ford was still seeing an economic expansion in the U.S., though the recovery "is slower than in the past," according to a report from

Reuters

.

Ford had said at the beginning of the year it would add 7,000 jobs in 2011 and 2012.

The CEO declined to comment on

Ford's negotiations

with the United Auto Workers on a new four-year contract,

Reuters

said.

"We're negotiating the contract, I don't want to comment," Mulally said.

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