New Delhi : The Prime Minister’s Office is expected to convene a meeting of top officials to discuss India’s stand on crucial food security and trade facilitation issues ahead of WTO’s October 21 meeting in Geneva.

“India will not change its stand on the food security issue. The commerce ministry is awaiting directions from higher authorities. PMO may call a meeting on the issue todiscuss further course of action,” a source said.

The General Council, the WTO’s highest decision-making body, meets regularly in Geneva to carry out functions of the multilateral trade body. Sources said the next meeting is scheduled for October 21.

Speaking on India’s stand, Nirmala Sitharaman had on Wednesday said India would stick to its position on the food security issue as it is the sovereign duty

of the government to protect the interest of its poor. “Our position remains intact, that we will underline the fact that India has a sovereign duty to protect its poor… India has sovereign right to hold foodgrains for that purpose”, she had said.

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