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Tajikistan's WTO Membership Comes Into Force

A wheat plantation in Roghun, in eastern Tajikistan (file photo)
Tajikistan is officially a full member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Tajikistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 2 expressed satisfaction, citing the country's 12-year effort to join the grouping.

The WTO approved Tajikistan’s accession in December and named March 2 as the official entry date.

Tajikistan becomes the 159th member of the WTO, following Kyrgyzstan as the only WTO members so far from among Central Asia's five post-Soviet republics.

Russia was recently admitted after longstanding grievances against Moscow by member Georgia were addressed.

With additional reporting by Interfax