India will protect poorer nations on Doha Round

India will protect poorer nations on Doha Round

New Delhi:India will protect the interests of poorer nations as it tries to bring a fresh impetus to global trade talks, union commerce minister Anand Sharma informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

“There is no question of India, while re-energising the Doha Round, compromising with the rights of the developing and poor nations," Sharma said while replying to a calling attention motion moved by Janata Dal (United) member N.K. Singh, while responding to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on the present status of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations.

Refuting leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley’s suggestion that the government was under pressure from developed countries on WTO talks, Sharma said: “India is only under one pressure and that is the pressure of its interests, its people and its farmers."

Jaitley asked the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to keep “the current close proximity (to the US) in the foreign policy away from the trading policy."

Sharma recently attended 7th Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.