Members of the World Trade Organization, or WTO, agreed today to allow Iran to open negotiations to join the group that governs international commerce. Before any announcement made by WTO officials Ujal Singh Bhatia, India's ambassador to the WTO, hailed the move as historic. He said India looks forward to working with Iran for its accession. Later, WOT’s officials said Mohammad Reza Alborzi, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was immediately invited into the closed-door meeting of WTO's General Council. He welcomed the decision and said: "It was a decision which was long overdue, and I think that it is positive that it was taken today. It will open a new door for trade cooperation between Iran and the international community." European Commission spokeswoman Francoise Le Bail said the commission fully supported the WTO decision, noting that the commission had been supporting Iran's bid for membership in the WTO since Tehran made the request in 1996. The United States which accuses Iran of secretly seeking to develop nuclear weapons previously had blocked agreement on Iran's application. Today's decision comes after Iran agreed in a deal with the European Union on Wednesday, to maintain its suspension of all nuclear activities. The WTO's Governing Council immediately set up a working group for Iran's accession.