Indian commerce minister in Lahore


Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma has said both India and Pakistan have principally decided to resolve bilateral issues with dialogue. His visit to Pakistan is a result of this agreement and follow-up of Pakistani Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim’s visit to India. Fahim led a Pakistani businessmen delegation to India in September 2011. He invited his Indian counterparts to visit Pakistan, who arrived through Wahga border here on Monday morning. Sharma pointed out his visit to Pakistan has been quite significant as it has happened for the first time in the history of India-Pakistan relations that commerce ministers of the two neighbouring countries visited each other’s country on reciprocal basis.
Addressing a joint briefing to the media, he further stated it has also happened for the first time that commerce secretaries of both countries have remained in close coordination during this period to pave way for enhancing bilateral trade through dialogues. Delivering his welcome speech, Amin Fahim said it was a great opportunity for the two countries to resolve their trade related issues through deliberations. He indicated the process of increasing bilateral trade was initiated through his visit to India and the follow-up visit of Indian commerce minister to Pakistan would expedite this effort. Both countries had targeted to move ahead on bilateral trade in minimum possible time, he underlined.