WASHINGTON: U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman has congratulated Nirmala Sitharaman on her appointment as the new Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and discussed bilateral trade ties.
Froman plans to attend the G20 Trade Ministers meeting in Sydney this July.
“On the margins of that gathering, he plans to meet with Sitharaman to review the status of our trade dialogue and share views on future engagement,” the spokesperson said.
This was the first call between the two leaders after Sitharaman was appointed as the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
Early this year, Froman had told reporters that India and the U.S. have a strong and growing trade and investment relationship, and both the countries remain committed to seeing that it achieves its full potential.
“An important part of any maturing trade relationship is effectively addressing the range of issues on our trade and investment agenda, including in areas where we might disagree,” he said.
Froman and Sitharaman have an immediate goal of coming out with policies that can increase the bilateral trade to $500 billion, a goal set by the two countries when former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House last September.