The ongoing trade deal negotiations briefly came up for discussion during a pull aside between Sitharaman and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the IMF headquarters. Mnuchin is scheduled to visit India early next month.
“In fact, I broadly mentioned it to Secretary Mnuchin, but that is something on which the Commerce minister and Mr (Robert) Lighthizer (US Trade Representatives) are working. My inputs are that the negotiations are going in full speed and there’s a great intensity with which both sides are engaging and hopefully the deal will be structured soon,” Sitharaman said.
Responding to a question, she said a totalisation agreement with the US has always been on the cards.
An official release issued said Sitharaman had a “fruitful” dialogue with Mnuchin.
The two sides agreed to continue the dialogue in the first week of November during Mnuchin’s visit to New Delhi, it said.