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India-US focus is on expanding ties: Indian Trade Minister

India and the United States are focused on expanding their relationship and for that, both countries are in a dialogue to come up with the next move for enhancing their bilateral ties, said Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal who is on a six-day visit to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

"I believe our three Ts of partnership are based on trust, technology and talent. We (India and US) have a robust trade policy forum... in many ways. We are focused on expanding this relationship. Gina (US secretary for commerce) and I are in dialogue to very quickly come up with our next commercial dialogue. Time is just ripe for all of us to engage in areas of mutual interest," he said at US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal is in the US from September 5-10.

Speaking on the India-US trade partnership, Goyal said that both the countries are clearly focused on international trade and engagement.

"I'm just sharing this to maybe tickle and excite your imagination that maybe you can start pushing the American government to have a rethink on their (Free Trade Agreement) FTA policy so that they don't miss the bus. Because we're very clearly focused on our international trade and engagement," he told to the members of USISPF.

Minister Goyal mentioned that the EU second round of discussions will happen soon. "There are 27 countries so it will take longer. But India is opening up discussions on never before subjects like gender, environment, SMEs, labour and anti-corruption laws," he said.


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