India gives Afghanistan duty-free market access
NEW DELHI (Pajhwok): India on Thursday offered Afghanistan duty-free access to its market to boost the economy of the war-ravaged Central Asian nation.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters: "India provides duty-free access to the Indian market for Afghanistan’s exports under the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA)."
India offered to allow Afghan trucks to directly unload at its integrated check-post in Attari to give a fillip to Afghanistan’s exports and to reduce transaction costs, the official said. India and Afghanistan had problems in the area trade through Pakistan.
In Kabul, the Indian embassy said: “We hope this offer will overcome the limitation currently being faced by Afghanistan and also contribute to greater regional integration, an objective pursued by all SAARC members."
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