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    Big Plans: Iran Hopes to Join World Trade Organization in 2016

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    Iran hopes to join the World Trade Organization this year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff Mohammad Nahavandian told Sputnik, calling to expedite the process.

    DAVOS (Sputnik) — The European Union, the United Nations and partially the United States lifted on January 16 their sanctions against the Islamic republic after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement.

    "I hope so," he said when asked if Iran could become a member of the WTO in 2016.

    He said that the request has already been sent. Iran is currently an observer in the organization.

    "The only thing is that a working party has to be held. And I think that will be expedited," he said.

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