December 2, 2010 - 1:00am

RAMALLAH, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has officially asked Israel to lift its opposition to Palestinian attempt to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Palestinian minister of economy, Hassan Abu Lebda, told Xinhua that he met Israeli trade and labor minister, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, in Jerusalem Wednesday and "told him of the Palestinian request as a Palestinian right."

Media reports on Thursday quoted Ben-Eliezer as saying that Israel will back the Palestinian request to get observer status at the WTO.

Abu Lebda said joining the organization would let the Palestinians benefit from commercial privileges given to the member states. "This would let us reach the world markets without restrictions."

He said that Israel opposed the request when the PNA submitted it months ago.


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