India, France see EU trade deal concluded by April

NEW DELHI Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:11pm IST

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and France said on Thursday they expected a free trade agreement between India and the European Union to be signed by April 2013, according to an Indian government statement.

Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma said that the deal had undergone 15 rounds of negotiations already, and that they hoped the next round in March would be the last.

(Reporting by Matthias Williams)

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