New Delhi: Commerce Secretaries of India and Pakistan, will meet in Islamabad on April 27 and 28, in an effort to give a trade push to the resumption of dialogue between the two nations.

Business heads in both the countries have crossed their fingers and are looking forward for a positive outcome of the meeting. Noticeably, India-Pakistan trade is just about USD 2 billion in the absence of the right political atmosphere.

The meeting comes on the heels of talks between the Home Secretaries of the two countries here last month, ahead of the India-Pakistan cricket World Cup semi-final match witnessed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries at Mohali.

When asked about the Commerce Secretaries' meeting, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said that it will take place by the end of April this month. She was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a Commerce Ministry and Exim Bank function here.

The trade talks, suspended after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, are scheduled to be held on April 27 and 28, a senior Commerce Ministry official said.

He said while there is no specific agenda, the commerce secretaries would try to iron out outstanding issues affecting bilateral trade.

(Agencies)