Azerbaijan Signed Negotiation Protocol with Two Countries to Join WTO
Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 May / Trend corr. I.Khalilova / On 6 May, Azerbaijan has signed a protocol on completion of the bilateral negotiations with Oman and United Arabian Emirates within the framework of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), Mikayil Jabbarov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Azerbaijan, stated on 6 May. The document was signed in Geneva. The Azerbaijani delegation headed by Heydar Babayev, Minister of Economic Development of Azerbaijan, is currently holding multilateral and bilateral negotiations with the WTO Task Group within the framework of 5th round of negotiations.
So far the negotiation protocol has been signed with Turkey, Georgia, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan. According to the Minister, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan has already expressed their readiness to sign the documents with Azerbaijan.
"The document can be signed in the bilateral or multilateral meetings, the most important is that the negotiations have already been completed," Jabbarov stated.
The additional consultations are expected to be held with Georgia. The directions of consultations would be specified only after the official position of Georgia on the issue.
Currently, Azerbaijan is holding the negotiations with the United Stats, European Union, South Korea, Japan, China, Chinese province Taiwan, Norway and India.
Within the framework of visit, the Minister of Economic Development of Azerbaijan will hold the meeting with Paskal Lamy, WTO Secretary General and other high ranking officials.
Since 1997, Azerbaijan has been represented in the WTO with observer status.
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