Commerce Secretary Khullar leaves for Pakistan

April 26th, 2011 - 2:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Amritsar, Apr. 26 (ANI): Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday with a six-member delegation for two days of talks with his Pakistan counterpart Zafar Mehmud.

Both Khullar and Mehmud are expected to review bilateral commerce ties on Wednesday and Thursday. Before leaving for Pakistan, Khullar took stock of ongoing work at Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari-Wagah.

He said he was going to Pakistan with an open mind and would discuss all important issues related to India-Pakistan trade.

When asked about plans for India to get the Most Favored Nation (MFN) status from Pakistan, Khullar said the issue would be raised at his meeting with the Pakistani delegation.

“Though the talks are unstructured, without any fixed agenda, such will be taken up,” he said.

Khullar said he expected a positive outcome from the meeting as there exists scope for enhancing trade between the two countries.

“I am going to listen to them and we feel that good things will come out,’ he said, adding that he felt that business visas must be relaxed to enable businessmen to travel easily between the two countries.

Regarding imports and exports through the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Khullar said the matter would be taken up at the appropriate level, and if anomalies existed, steps would be taken to correct them.

He hoped the talks would be congenial. (ANI)

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