Argentina Slams U.S. Over WTO Trade Complaints

From Press TV

Argentina condemned what it called “coordinated” charges of protectionism lodged against it by the U.S. and European Union at the World Trade Organization.

Buenos Aires has accused Washington of blocking its exports of lemon and meat and says the EU and Spain are unfairly blocking its exports of bio diesel.

In a counter punch, Washington filed a complaint Thursday with the World Trade Organization against Argentina’s alleged trade barriers, joining Japan and the European Union in an attack on Buenos Aires’s import licensing rules.

“Argentina deplores the ill-timed, but obviously coordinated complaints lodged against our country at the WTO,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The complaints “aim to divert the attention of public opinion instead of resolving trade barriers affecting Argentine products,” it said.

The EU meanwhile said that along with Japan and the U.S., it was going to the WTO to force Argentina to end measures which have been harmful to European trade and investment for more than 18 months. Hindu Business Line

HIGHLIGHTS

On Wednesday, Argentina asked the World Trade Organization to investigate its claims that the United States and European Union have broken WTO rules by curbing imports of lemons, beef and biodiesel. Buenos Aires Herald

“We’re open to keep talking while this complaint is handled by the World Trade Organization,” Foreign Minister Hector Timerman told a news conference. mercopress.com

The move ups the ante in long-simmering disputes between the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and the U.S. Buenos Aires Herald.

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