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Kabul ready for signing PTA, says Islamabad

Kabul ready for signing PTA, says Islamabad

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Aug 21, 2019 - 13:19

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon is enthusiastic about signing a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Pakistaninfo-icon, says a prime ministerial aide.

President Ashraf Ghani, during his recent visit to Pakistan, had signaled his government’s readiness to ink the proposed accord, the advisor said.

In an interview published on Wednesday, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood said he would visit Kabulinfo-icon on September 4.

During the two-day trip, he will have detailed discussions with the Afghan authorities on removing hurdles to bilateral trade between the neighbours.

Dawood will meet Ghani, whose administration recently urged Pakistan to open the Wagha border for trade between Afghanistan and India.

“We told them the meeting is bilateral, not trilateral, and it should be confined to (discussions) on bilateral trade issues,” the advisor told The News.

Pak-Afghan Transit Trade issues would also figure at his meetings with Afghan officials in Kabul, the advisor said, hoping for progress in efforts to boost bilateral trade.

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