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Yemen set to join WTO by early 2014

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is set to accept Yemen's bid for a seat at the organisation this month, making its entry into the global trade club a formality early next year, Reuters has reported. According to an agenda circulated to WTO members last week, the WTO working party on Yemen's accession will meet on September 26 "with a view to adopting" the key documents setting out its membership terms. WTO officials say the deal was made possible after Ukraine agreed terms for Yemen's membership, effectively withdrawing a veto that had been the only obstacle for more than a year.