WASHINGTON — Roberto Azevedo, Brazil’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization, took a public stand here Thursday on farm legislation in Congress, saying it does not go far enough to change U.S. cotton subsidy programs that ran afoul of the World Trade Organization and warning that time is running out on an agreement that forestalled sanctions on U.S. exports to Brazil.
Azevedo, who spoke at a roundtable hosted by the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, Council of the Americas and Brazil Industries Coalition, said he met with officials from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office and U.S. Department of Agriculture this week to discuss details about how the two countries might find a solution to the 10-year-old WTO case.
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