July 15, 2020 / 3:30 PM / 20 days ago

Nigeria WTO candidate asks U.S. President not to leave body

GENEVA, July 15 (Reuters) - Nigeria’s candidate to head the World Trade Organization urged U.S. President Donald Trump, or his successor, not to leave the Geneva-based body in a press briefing on Wednesday, saying that reforms were possible.

“Don’t leave now: let’s fix what needs fixing,” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in response to a question about her message to the current president or any future U.S. president.

Okonjo-Iweala is one of eight candidates competing to become the trade watchdog’s next leader and has been taking questions from the WTO’s 164 members in Geneva this week.

Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Edmund Blair

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