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Kabul, Delhi agree on deeper trade links

Kabul, Delhi agree on deeper trade links

Jan 28, 2014 - 20:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): New Delhi is Kabul’s large trade partner, but Islamabad does not allow Indian goods’ transportation through Pakistaninfo-icon to the landlocked country, an official complained on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry Muzamil Shinwari, addressing the maiden meeting of the Afghan-Indian Working Group in Kabul, said they wanted to further expand Kabul-Delhi trade cooperation.

Efforts were being made to bolster relations between private sectors of the countries, he said, blaming Islamabad for refusing to let Indian exports reach Afghanistaninfo-icon through Pakistani land routes.

“We want Pakistan not to hamper Indian exports to our country,” the deputy minister said, adding they were trying to make Afghanistan self-reliant through enhanced trade relations with foreign countries.  

Indian Commerce Secretary SR Rao said Delhi had exempted all exports to Afghanistan from the customs dusty two years ago to encourage Afghan entrepreneurs. Promising continued cooperation, he said India would never leave Afghanistan alone.

Amar Sinha, the Indian ambassador in Kabul, said his country had made investments in different sectors of Afghanistan’s economy. He added Delhi remained committed to extending long-term aid to the landlocked ally.



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