The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has announced that Iraq participated in multilateral negotiations concerning its application to join the WTO. These negotiations follow preliminary exchanges between Iraq and a WTO Working Party concerning Iraq’s candidacy to join the trade body, beginning in late 2004. In addition to multilateral negotiations, Iraq met on a bilateral basis with several WTO members, including the EU and US. As next steps, Iraq will provide WTO members with a general legislative plan, and also prepare documents on agriculture, services, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, and intellectual property. While WTO members welcome Iraq’s candidacy, they reportedly concede that the accession process may be lengthy due to Iraq’s current political instability.