(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
likely to join WTO in the summer", published in English by Saudi newspaper Arab News web site on 27 February
Negotiations on Saudi Arabia's bid for membership of the WTO are almost complete after talks in Geneva on Tuesday [24 February] and yesterday, and observers now expect the kingdom to join the organization as early as the middle of the year.
During the two days of meetings, bilateral agreements were signed with Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Thailand, Ecuador, Cuba, Sri Lanka and Poland. The kingdom is also due to sign with India today, according to Fawwaz al-Alami, deputy minister of commerce and …