New Delhi- Indian minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman will meet her Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastgir Khan in Islamabad for the first time next month to discuss a fresh roadmap for removing bottlenecks in liberalization of bilateral trade, Indian state media reported today.
The meeting between Sitharaman and Khan will take place on the sidelines of SAFTA ministerial council in Bhutan on July 24.
"I will meet the Pakistani minister for resumption of bilateral trade talks," Sitharaman was quoted as saying. It will be first high level trade interaction since the BJP came to power.
Indian official of commerce ministry told PTI that trade liberalization will be on the top of the agenda when the commerce ministers meet.
"We missed an early deadline of December 31, 2012 to remove all hurdles in the trade relations. Now the two governments will try to agree on fresh roadmap for it," he said. He said India should address concerns of business community in Pakistan regarding non-tariff barriers and other issues which could impact export after trade liberalization.