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Switzerland, Iran's alternative to head working group for WTO membership

Tehran, Dec 3, IRNA-Head of the National Center for Globalization Studies Mohammad Nahavandian on Sunday referred to Switzerland as Iran's most important new alternative for taking charge of Iran's working group in the process of its membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Speaking to IRNA in an exclusive interview, he said that talks are currently underway on the issue and hoped that the process of such assignment will be expedited to enable the working group to start such talks.

The US opposition to accept Malaysian envoy as the head of Iran's working group for its membership in WTO mainly accounts for selection of another country for such a responsibility.

"Given the readiness of Iran's trade system for WTO membership, appointment of the head of working group will contribute to giving momentum to the process of WTO membership," he added.

Iran's application for WTO membership, brought up for the 22nd time on May 26, 2005, was approved unanimously by the organization's members. Thus the process of Iran's membership in the WTO started.

Once Iran's application was accepted and examined by WTO General Council, Iran became WTO observer member and started the process of full membership in the organization.

Head of Iran's Center for Globalization Studies said that the definite time for introduction of a new country by Iran as the head of its working group for WTO membership depends on the Ministry of Commerce.

In response to the question whether Iran will take any measure if the process is interrupted by the US, he hoped that the relevant talks will get underway with the cooperation of the major WTO member countries.

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