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Egypt rejects World Trade Organization agreements on global food crisis

Egypt objected to the WTO agreements to alleviate the global food crisis, as it refuses to be forced to export food when it is grappling with its own food crisis.
Women buy bread from a local bread stand in Al Fustat neighborhood on May 2, 2022, in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO — Egypt is refusing to support food security agreements proposed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to alleviate the global food supply crises and the sharp price increases exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

In an effort to confront the food crisis threatening the developing and less fortunate countries in the world, the WTO is seeking to conclude two agreements among member states, one of which will focus on keeping global markets open without restrictions on the movement of exports, all the while increasing transparency with regard to the export and import of food. 

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