Trade and economic cooperation were the main points of discussions at a meeting in New Delhi on Monday (15 December) between Indian officials and a French delegation led by Foreign Trade Minister, Norbert Segard.
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Background: Trade and economic cooperation were the main points of discussions at a meeting in New Delhi on Monday (15 December) between Indian officials and a French delegation led by Foreign Trade Minister, Norbert Segard.
During the three-day visit, proposals were also put forward for discussions by French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac when he visits India on 23 january.
It is understood that one of the major issues that will be raised then is French cooperation with Pakistan on the question of arms.
While the French delegation was meeting with Indian officials, trade discussions were also taking place between India and Egypt in the same building.
Welcoming the Egyptian delegation, India's Foreign Trade Secretary, Dr. P.C. Alexander, called for along-term trade plan between the two countries.
In reply, the leader of the Egyptian delegation, Mr. Shukry-Cl-Nahal, said he agreed with India's Foreign Trade Minister that both countries should consider the pattern of trade in the coming years.
Trade between India and Egypt has been growing rapidly in the past five years, with the Egyptians showing much interest in India's engineering products.
The visit of the Egyptian delegation to New Delhi is expected to further increase the volume of trade between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: An eight-member Egyptian delegation also met with Indian trade officials on the same day. Welcoming the Egyptians, India's foreign Trade Minister, Dr. P.C. Alexander, called for a long-term trade plan to be worked out between the two countries. The leader of the Egyptian delegation, Mr. Shukry-El-Nahal, expressed agreement with the proposal and said the pattern of trade between India and Egypt in the coming years should certainly be considered now. Indo-Egyptian trade has been growing rapidly over the past five years, with Egypt showing much interest in India's engineering products. India imports long staple cotton from Egypt and exports tea, spices, gums, resins, jute and heavy machinery to the Arab country.