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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uzbeks Closer to GATT

GENEVA-- Uzbekistan was granted observer status at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade on Tuesday, leaving only two former Soviet republics on the fringes of the world trade body, a GATT spokesman said. The decision was taken by consensus at a meeting of the GATT's ruling council. Georgia and Tajikistan are the only two ex-republics not to have applied for at least observer status, the spokesman said.