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Agreement signed for customs cooperation with Pakistan

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KABUL: Afghanistan and Pakistan have signed an agreement to boost customs exchanges and cooperation in an attempt to boost bilateral trade, officials said on Sunday.

The MoU was signed by head of Afghanistan’s custom office Mohammad Khalil Saleh with his Pakistani counterpart Mohammad Tariq in a visit to Pakistan, said spokesman for Ministry of Finance Shamroz Khan Masjidi.

He stated that the agreement seeks to boost trade and commercial activities, export and import services between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Customs chief has also met Afghan traders in Pakistan and discussed obstacles they face and relayed them to Pakistani officials for solution.

This is as Kabul and Islamabad have embarked upon a decisive stage in bilateral relations. Recently Pakistan opened its borders to Afghanistan after months of coronavirus lockdown and resumed its consular services across the country.

Pakistan has also expressed unprecedented support for Afghanistan’s peace talks and welcomed a negotiated political settlement to the conflict to ensure lasting stability which he said would provide regional connectivity and prosperity.

There have been repetitive visits by authorities of both countries. And recently Speaker of the House Mir Rahman Rahmani paid a visit to Islamabad and met with Pakistani premier Imran Khan. Mr. Khan had stressed on accelerated efforts to elevate bilateral trade between the two countries.

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