Egypt is in negotiations with India about lifting the prohibition on wheat exports.

India banned wheat exports after promising to reach record quantities this year . Egypt is in talks with Indian officials to request exemption from the ban .

CAIRO: Egypt is in talks with Indian officials to request an exemption from India's ban on wheat exports, according to Egypt's plant quarantine manager Ahmed El Attar.El Attar told Reuters that talks are ongoing between India and Egypt on the highest levels to be part of the waivers under this decision, adding that he is in constant contact with our ambassador in New Delhi.On Saturday, India banned wheat exports after promising to reach record quantities this year, as a scorching heat wave curtailed production and domestic prices hit a record peak.Exports that are already supported by letters of credit will also be allowed, according to the government, to countries that want to supply to meet their food security requirements.

Egypt has been trying to diversify its purchases, arranging talks with France, Argentina, and the United States.Egypt is also considering importing wheat from Pakistan and Mexico, according to El Attar earlier today.Last week, a plant quarantine group led by El Attar travelled to India to inspect the first Indian wheat shipment headed to Egypt.The shipment was purchased by Egypt's private sector.

According to a statement issued by the agriculture ministry, the shipment had passed the inspection process, with El Attar claiming it had the highest protein content as compared to other products.