NEW DELHI: In a bid to firm up the agenda for the forthcoming India-EU summit, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will meet EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of European Commission Baroness Catherine Ashton in Bangalore on Monday.
Baroness Ashton will be here from January 15 to 18, after her trip to Pakistan. The summit will be held here next month.
“A number of preparatory meetings has been held prior to this visit. Baroness Ashton’s visit is preparatory for the India EU Summit to be held in New Delhi shortly,” said a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.
The discussion between Krishna and Baroness Ashton is expected to cover a wide area of subjects from bilateral issues of trade and tariff to opening of markets for each other’s products and services.
India and EU have been negotiating over a free trade agreement since 2007, which is said to be currently in the last stage.