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Pakistan to reopen ‘Waga’ port for Afghanistan exports

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KABUL: The Afghanistan embassy in Islamabad said that Pakistan will reopen “Waga” port for the Afghan exports and trade shipments after months of blockage.

“Afghanistan exports would restart via Waga of Pakistan on July 15th with consideration of measures to prevent the coronavirus spread,” said Atif Mashal, the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad.

The Pakistan ministry of foreign affairs said that the port was opened after signing a bilateral resolution to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.

“Pakistan has re-changed the bilateral trade ties with (Afghanistan) as it was before the covid-19,” the ministry said in a statement.

Deputy Minister of finance and industry, Abdul Karim Malikyar said that the Afghanistan exports would be transferred to Indian and other countries.

“We expect from Pakistan to provide transit facilities as it has promised to do,” he added.

Referring to the Pakistan recent steps for reopening its cross points against the Afghanistan exports, Malikyar said that Islamabad has accelerated its cooperation with Afghanistan in commercial areas.

Moreover, Pakistan Representative for Afghan Affairs, Mohammad Sadiq said that Pakistan has decided to resume Afghan exports through Wagah from 15 July 2020, after implementing COVID-19 related protocols. “We have already restored bilateral trade and Afghan transit trade at all crossings,” he said in a tweet on Monday.

In late January, Islamabad has blocked the “Waga” port against Afghan trade shipments, reasoning the outbreak of the pandemic.

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