INTRODUCTION: Talks took place in New Delhi on Monday (11 April) between Indian trade officials and a visiting trade delegation from Pakistan.
GV INTERIOR: Pakistan delegation led by E.A. Naik (dark suit, centre) taking seat at table.
SV PAN FROM: Pakistan delegates to Indian delegates.
SEMI CU: Mr. Naik.
SEMI CU: Indian Commerce Secretary Mr. P.C. Alexander.
GV: delegates round table.
Under a protocol signed in November 1974, trade had been handled only on a government-to-government basis, or by government corporations. The May agreement resulted from talks in Islamabad, at which the two countries also agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations which had been broken off since the December 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Talks took place in New Delhi on Monday (11 April) between Indian trade officials and a visiting trade delegation from Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was at the Indian Commerce Ministry in Delhi. If follows the visit earlier this month of a high-level official delegation from Pakistan, sent by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The delegation was headed by a Pakistan Foreign Ministry official. The visit was seen as a sign of Pakistan's keenness to resume talks on the normalisation of relations between the two countries.
The visiting trade delegation was led by Pakistan Commerce Secretary Mr.E.A. Naik.
His opposite number was Indian Commerce Secretary, Mr. P.C. Alexander. India and Pakistan agreed in May last year that private sector trading between the two countries should be allowed to go ahead, from July.