US Welcomes Afghanistan’s WTO Membership

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The United Sates has welcomed Afghanistan’s membership to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and termed it as a step forward for a better economy for the country.

Speaking at a press conference, the US State Department spokesperson John Kibry said: “We welcome the finalization of Liberia and Afghanistan’s terms of accession to the World Trade Organization on the 16th and 17th [December], in Nairobi [Kenya].”

He added: “For Afghanistan, accession to the WTO is a major step forward for the Afghan Government’s efforts to unlock the potential of the Afghan economy.”

“Today’s announcement is the result of years of work, which has accelerated over the last year, under the leadership of the national unity government. WTO accession is a process, and the Afghan government needs to work with parliament and other stakeholders to take steps needed to receive the full benefits of membership.”

Afghanistan on Thursday joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) calling it a “historic” membership to boost the war-torn nation’s economy and build peace.

Afghanistan’s membership came after formal approval by the WTO ministers in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Top Afghan government official Khan Rahmani told the conference it was a “historic” event, and that WTO membership was “part of our strategic objectives to achieve economic stability and peace.”

WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said he was “delighted” to welcome Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, Liberia joined the WTO at a similar ceremony at the conference in Nairobi, which wraps up on Friday.

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