Friday, December 03, 2004

The Daily Star - Business Articles - WTO votes on membership for Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran

The Daily Star - Business Articles - WTO votes on membership for Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran: "WTO votes on membership for Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran

By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Saturday, December 04, 2004
GENEVA: The World Trade Organization will vote for the first time at a meeting on Dec. 13 and 14 on requests by Iraq and Afghanistan to join the body as well as a repeated demand by Iran, a statement said on Friday.

The accession requests along with other issues such as a report into the latest round of trade negotiations, will be heard at the next General Council meeting of the 148 member states.


Iraq asked for full WTO membership in October, eight months after having been given observer status. Afghanistan, which also has observer status, applied to join the WTO in April 2003.

There had been speculation that some countries would only support Iraq's request for observership if Washington agreed to alter its stance on Iran."

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