GENEVA — The European Union proposed Monday that countries taking part in the global trade talks agree to cut tariffs on textiles, clothing and footwear to levels close to zero.

Herve Jeanjean, the EU’s lead negotiator on market access, told a World Trade Organization session in Geneva that the EU believes it is time "for a bold initiative that advances meaningful liberalization across all nonagricultural products since they represent over 70 percent of developing country exports.

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