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Indian Foreign Minister to Discuss Free Trade Pact with Bangladesh - 2003-07-14


Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha is in Bangladesh to discuss a free trade pact and other areas of economic cooperation between the two neighbors.

He arrived in Dhaka Monday, saying he wants to reaffirm New Delhi's commitment to what he called its valued relations with Bangladesh.

Mr. Sinha will be leading the Indian side Tuesday at a meeting of the Indo-Bangla Joint Economic Commission, with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Morshed Khan heading his country's delegation.

Bangladeshi officials say Dhaka will push for duty-free access to Indian markets to narrow a growing trade gap of about a billion dollars between the two countries.

India will be seeking Dhaka's views on a free-trade agreement along with opening of new rail and road links between them.

The last meeting of the commission took place in 1997 in New Delhi.

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