Indian commerce minister to visit Sri Lanka end of August

Officials clarified that the visit would have nothing to do with the on-going negotiations between India and Sri Lanka.

Published: 13th August 2016 12:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2016 12:50 PM   |  A+A-

COLOMBO: India’s Minister of State  for Commerce, Nirmala Sithraman, will be visiting Sri Lanka at the end of August on an invitation extended by  Malik Samarawickrama, the Sri Lankan Minister of International Trade, it is reliably learnt.

But officials clarified that the visit would have nothing to do with the on-going negotiations between India and Sri Lanka on an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA).

The first ever technical or official level meeting on ETCA was held here on Tuesday and Wednesday. The head of the Indian delegation was Bhupinde Singh Bhalla, Joint Secretary in the  Commerce Ministry.

No press statement was issued after the conclusion of the two-day talks as these were preliminary and exploratory, an official told Express.

“The two sides exchanged views on the various issues connected with such an agreement. Many more such meetings will have to be held before an agreement is reached,” the official said.

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