IBSA leaders decide to work together for success of Doha round

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Johannesburg, Oct 17 (UNI) India, Brazil and South Africa today decided to work towards securing a balanced and successsful outcome of the Doha Round of Trade Talks, under the WTO regime.

Expressing confidence that the IBSA process is moving into a stage where trilateral coopeartion will show concrete results, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his concluding remarks at the IBSA summit in Pretoria, said the Doha Round of trade talks has emerged as an important issue facing the international community and each of the IBSA countries has an important stake in it.

Saying there was a renewed convergence of interests on major international issues of contemporary concern, he stressed the need to ''forge the closest cooperation possible so that the three countries could together ensure a more equitable international political and economic order.'' ''The world is already looking upon the IBSA framework as a significant step forward in the emergence of a global partnership for development.

Noting that the three IBSA countries were situated on three different continents, Dr Singh said they shared a common world view and aspirations. ''If we three can make success of our model of cooperation based on collective self-reliance, it will serve as an example for all the developing countries,'' he added.

Dr Singh also stressed the need for the IBSA to become a 'peoples' movement' over the coming period of time.


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