One week on, Afghan-Pakistan border stays shut
Another flag meeting between top officials from the two countries at the Friendship Gate ended inconclusively on Thursday, a security official told Pajhwok Afghan News.
As a result of the border closure, prompted by the burning of Pakistan’s flag by Afghan protestors, NATO supplies and trade between the neighbours have been suspended.
At the fourth flag meeting, held at the request of Afghan authorities, Pakistani officials refused to reopen the border gate unconditionally, a participant said.
The source, requesting not to be named, quoted Afghan border officials as saying that the closure had caused a huge financial loss to traders and businessmen from both sides.
However, Pakistan insisted the border would be reopened only after Afghan officials tendered an apology. The source said they had not yet received instructions for the reopening of the border.
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