Brazil’s Lula Calls Blair: ‘How About a Summit to Rescue the WTO Deal?’

    Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, today, to suggest a meeting between Heads of State, soon, to disentangle WTO (World Trade Organization) negotiations.

    The 6th WTO Ministerial Meeting is scheduled for December 13-18, in Hong Kong, and will conclude the Doha Round, a series of negotiations that began in 2001.

    According to Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, Tony Blair welcomed the idea, but said that he would have to talk to the other members of the G7 – the group of the seven richest countries in the world. Tony Blair is the current president of the European Union.

    Representatives of the G7 and of the developing nations would participate on the meeting. The Minister said that this meeting could add the political element that is indispensable to overcome differences that keep arising and that keep being treated as strictly commercial and technical issues.

    According to Amorim, Lula expressed his concern with the current status of the Round, and emphasized that more than a commercial issue, this negotiation can affect the lives of millions of people.

    Amorim stated that President Lula added that there must be a balance between measures adopted by both sides.

    "The President told Blair that it doesn’t make sense to expect developing nations to reduce their industrial tariffs more than developed countries are doing on their agricultural ones," said Amorim.

    Agência Brasil


    • Show Comments (1)

    • Guest

      How About a Summit to Rescue the WTO Dea
      How About a Summit to Rescue the WTO Deal?’

      WOW!!!! Lula is the man.

      Lula the Great Kahuna, proposing stuff to G-7 AND via Toni Blair.
      Way to go, kiddo!

      Oh boy, just can’t believe.

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


    You May Also Like

    Alain Touraine

    French Sociologist Calls Dilma Lula’s Invention and Fears She’ll Be Populist

    For French Sociologist and political scientist Alain Touraine who at the moment is visiting ...

    A National Guard

    New official statistics show that the subterranean economy in Brazil employs one in every ...

    Promising Vaccine to Cure AIDS Being Tested in Brazil

    One of the most promising world researches for the development of an AIDS vaccine ...

    International Study Shows Machismo Is Still King in Brazil

    Brazil appears in 51st place in the report, “The Power of Women, an Evaluation ...

    Sí£o Paulo, Brazil, Turns 453 and Gets 453-Meters-Long Cake

    South America's largest and most dynamic city, São Paulo, in southeastern Brazil, celebrated this ...

    Brazil’s Agriculture Hasn’t Been So Bad in Nine Years

    According to data released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Brazil’s ...

    Gol Spreads Its Brazilian Wings Through South America

    Brazilian low cost airline Gol is beginning flights to Bolivia next Monday November 7 ...

    Brazil: Here Lies José Dirceu, Consumed by Ambition and Arrogance

     "This house is judging me, but it is also judging itself." The year-long political ...

    Petrosul, the Brazil-Argentina-Venezuela Joint Venture

    The presidents of Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela signed this yesterday a cooperation agreement in ...