India, EU FTA on track: German envoy

India, EU FTA on track: German envoy

"It is the right of Parliamentarians to express their political expectations. It is in my view not a major obstacle in the signing of the FTA," German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek told reporters here.

He said negotiations were on track and both the sides have expressed cautious optimism that the FTA will be signed in the next couple of months.

Asked whether the Kashmir issue will be significant, Matussek said "in my view, it does not have any bearing on the FTA."

"Parliametarians are free to say whatever they want. They are not negotiating partners of the FTA. Negotiations are fully on track," he said.

A resolution passed by European Parliament on the FTA asks EU and India to ensure that dialogue on "open issues" is stepped with particular reference to Kashmir.

"Human rights, democracy and security are essential elements of the relationship between EU and India," the resolution said.

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