K. Balchand

NEW DELHI: The Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Pakistan Commerce Secretary Shuleman Ghani.

Inaugurating a seminar on India-Pakistan relations organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Mr. Ghani said the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries were scheduled to meet shortly to prepare the agenda for talks between the two Prime Ministers.

Trade links

According to Mr. Ghani, the meeting between the two Prime Ministers will be followed by a composite dialogue process between Islamabad and New Delhi on opening up direct trade links. He exuded confidence that the dialogue process would pave the way for trade and commerce to flourish and grow to $10 billion in the next five years from the current $2 billion.

MFN status

Mr. Ghani assured New Delhi that Pakistan would extend the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India once the composite dialogue process got under way in the next few weeks.

While calling for widening the trade basket between the neighbours, the Pakistan Commerce Secretary promised Islamabad’s support to New Delhi in international fora such as the world environment conference in Copenhagen.