Unclear if US, India can reach solar settlement: US official

Negotiations between the United States and India to resolve a solar power trade dispute are continuing with no clear end in sight, the top U.S. trade official said on Tuesday, signaling another likely delay in a World Trade Organization public ruling in the case.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) had set a Wednesday deadline to announce its decision, after several delays in recent weeks to allow the two countries time to pursue settlement talks.

Washington filed the WTO challenge three years ago, claiming that India’s national solar power program illegally discriminated against imported solar panels and related products though its subsidies for domestically made products.

“We’re still engaged in conversations with them,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman told Reuters in an interview in California. “It’s too early to tell whether we’re going to have an agreement or not.”

Indian media have reported that a WTO dispute settlement panel had confidentially notified Washington and New Delhi that it would rule against India in the case.

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