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USTR Robert Lighthizer unlikely to visit India ahead of Trump s official tour

The expected visit of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this month, ahead of the two-day official tour of US President Donald Trump, to discuss a limited trade package with India is unlikely, an official said. Lighthizer was supposed to hold discussions with commerce ministry team but as of now, he is not coming, the official said. The visit of USTR assumed significance as Indian and US officials are engaged in talks for a limited trade deal. However, the official said that as of now, there is no clarity if the trade pact will be signed during Trump s visit here, which will start from February 24. Multiple rounds of talks have taken place between Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and Lighthizer in the past few weeks over telephone. The two countries are negotiating a trade package to iron out certain issues and promote two-way commerce. India is demanding exemption from high duties imposed by the US on certain steel and aluminium products, resumption of export benefits to ...


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