Group of four hopeful of Doha success by yearend
May 18, 2007 - 9:40:43 PM

Washington, May 18 - The Group of four on trade, including India's Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath, Friday expressed the hope that the Doha round of world trade talks will meet success by the end of this year.

'We remain committed and hopeful that our efforts, coupled with the work being done at the multilateral level in Geneva, will lead to a successful conclusion of this round by the end of this year,' they said in a statement issued in Brussels Friday after a two-day meeting.

The statement by Nath, Brazilian minister Celso Amorim, European Union's Commissioner Peter Mandelson and US Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab, was released here by Schwab's office.

'Following constructive discussions at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - Conference this week, we have had two days of intensive dialogue on advancing the Doha Round,' the group said announcing that intensive talks will continue and it will formally meet again next month.

'Our meetings were productive and included discussions in all the core negotiating areas with a particular focus on agriculture, NAMA -, and services.

'On Friday, we had an exchange of ideas with the agriculture and NAMA chairs, Crawford Falconer and Don Stephenson.

'As outlined last month in New Delhi, we will continue to hold intensive talks at the senior official and minister levels in the coming weeks with a view to find convergence,' the group stated.

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