New Delhi: India expects the WTO ministerial in Geneva next week to make progress but New Delhi has the option of walking out if it does not get what it wants, Trade Minister Kamal Nath said on Wednesday.
“I am hopeful this meeting in WTO will lead to progress and closure and I am optimistic,” Nath told a news conference.
Ministers from around 30 countries will meet to try for a long-awaited breakthrough on agriculture and manufactured goods in the Doha trade round.
Nath said he would go to Geneva ahead of the meeting to hold talks with China, Brazil, US and the EU. He would then return to India for a confidence vote in parliament on 22 July and rejoin the meeting after the vote.
In his absence the ministerial meeting will be attended by Commerce Secretary Gopal Pillai.