Afghanistan, Pakistan resume ‘Transit Trade Agreement’ talks to bridge differences

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Islamabad, July 13: Afghanistan and Pakistan have on Friday relaunched their dialogues to bridge the differences between the two sides in a way of transit pact after a three-year suspension.

According to Dawn news reports, talks between the two nation had abruptly ended in September 2015 after Afghanistan insisted to including India in their transit deal negotiations and also the trilateral trade agreement involving Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

The development has come after Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on June 27 in capital Islamabad, during which both the leaders agreed to enhance their trade ties.

A Technical Working Group (TWG) of Kabul officials has on Friday met with Abdul Razak Dawood, PM Khan’s advisor on commerce, where both the leaders exchanged their proposals and mutual concerns.

During the gathering, Dawood griped to Afghan authorities over the unchecked pilferage of products through travel exchange and requested that they address the issue.

He additionally requested that authorities present their amended draft on the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) which has been pending since 2017.

Then again, the Afghan side consented to expand respective exchange through shared collaboration by tending to every one of the issues which are contrarily influencing exchange relations.

The official driving Afghan designation proposed a joint commission to determine issues including travel exchange.

He focused on the need to interpret the political will of initiative in the two nations to restore exchange ties by participating on specialized level including comprehension of traditions experts on the two sides.

Daroo Khan Achakzai, the President of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries, has also welcomed the revival of dialogues between the two sides over trade issues.

Dawood is relied upon to visit Kabul by proceeding with talks and comprehend issues hampering exchange relations between the two neighbors.

Focusing on the need to proceed with dealings, he brought up that exchange among Kabul and Islamabad can develop if exchange boundaries are evacuated.


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