4 May 2010 - The General Council, on 4 May 2010, agreed to establish a working party to examine the request of the Syrian Arab Republic for WTO membership. Syria welcomed the decision as part of WTO’s efforts “to promote international cooperation for trade and development”.
Syria said that it is convinced that “when the terms of our negotiations are completed and agreed, they would contribute to improve market access, strengthening the rules-based multilateral trading system, and contributing both to global welfare and the welfare of the people of Syria”.

The chairman, Amb. John Gero, invited Syria to attend meetings of the General Council and, as appropriate, meetings of other WTO bodies as an observer.

The General Council decision raises the number of WTO accession working parties to 30.

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