(Agence France Presse)
India defended on Tuesday its scuttling of a landmark worldwide trade deal, saying it needed to take a tough stand at the WTO to ensure survival of its impoverished farmers. Trade Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also lashed out at the World Trade Organization (WTO), accusing it of foot-dragging on negotiations to approve India’s stockpiling of food.
India’s new right-wing government last week refused to ratify the long-sought global deal on streamlining customs rules, despite WTO members agreeing to the accord at a meeting in Bali last year.
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