Pakistan, Afghanistan start talks in Kabul as part of normalisation efforts

A Pakistani commerce ministry delegation is scheduled to arrive in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday to discover methods to take away boundaries in transit and bilateral trade, stated an Afghan official.

Abdul Salam Jawad, spokesman for the Afghan Commerce Ministry, validated to these days that Minister of Industry and Commerce Nooruddin Azizi will lead the Afghan delegation.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch demonstrated that the Pakistani delegation, headed through Secretary of Commerce Khurram Agha, will undertake the two-day visit.

“Pakistan stays dedicated to promotion exchange and people-to-people ties with Afghanistan,” Baloch added.

Other delegates from Pakistan consist of Joint Secretary (Ministry of Commerce), Maria Qazi, Additional Secretary Commerce Dr Wajid Ali Khan, Director General Transit Trade and Additional Secretary of Interior Khushal Khan.

Discussions will be held on basic bilateral and transit trade, stated the Afghan Commerce Ministry’s spokesman.

“We will take up the trouble of a ban on numerous transit items. Pakistan has banned the import of sure objects underneath the transit agreement. Around 50 per cent of transit change has been lowered due to this ban and shifted to Iran,” Jawad said.

The talks will be held amid efforts by means of each facets to normalise family members following Pakistani airstrikes in two Afghan provinces on March 18.

Afghan cost d’affaires Sardar Shokaib Ahmad rushed to Kabul to quick officers about his conferences in Islamabad.

Shokaib met performing Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and briefed him involving current tendencies in the members of the family between Afghanistan and Pakistan, deputy overseas ministry spokesman Hafiz Zia Ahmad Takkal said.

“During the meeting, Mawlawi Sardar Ahmed Shakib, performing head of the Afghan embassy in Pakistan, shared the file of his latest conferences with the Pakistani officers with FM Muttaqi, and held in-depth dialogue thereof,” Takkal wrote on X.

“Following briefing, FM Muttaqi gave essential directions to the Acting Head of the Afghan embassy in Islamabad with regards to the present scenario and members of the family of the two countries,” he said.

The Afghan embassy in the past stated that Shakib met Pakistan’s Special envoy for Afghanistan Asif Durrani on March 22 and “addressed latest challenges between the two countries, the revitalisation of political, commercial, people-to-people and different factors of bilateral relations.”

On March 11, Afghan Minister of Industry and Commerce Nooruddin Azizi held an on line assembly with Secretary Pakistan Commerce Ministry Khurram Agha and explored approaches to set up nearer relations, resolve challenges and stop the prevalence of bottlenecks in exchange and transit between the two countries, the ministry wrote on X.

The Afghan Commerce Ministry stated the two facets spoke about the growth made over the final two years. They mentioned picks for growing the quantity of bilateral trade, fixing troubles and doing away with change and transit barriers, offering extra facilities, setting up shut family members between the public and non-public sectors of the two countries, and growing regional cooperation.

The Afghan minister additionally invited Khurram Agha to go to Kabul with a delegation to preserve similarly discussions on bilateral change issues. Pakistani and Afghan commercial enterprise leaders anticipate the talks in Kabul will be useful.

Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) Khan Jan Alkozai stated that the new authorities in Pakistan will tackle the worries of Afghan importers. Alkozai noted a 10 per cent hike in import obligation on Afghan transit exchange added in October final year. He additionally complained about including greater transit objects to the terrible list.

“More issues for Afghan importers had been created at some point of the caretaker authorities in Pakistan. Pakistan and the Islamic Emirate need to pave the way to normalise bilateral and transit trade,” Alkozai informed  from Kabul today.

He stated transit by Pakistan has extensively diminished and Afghan importers moved their enterprise to ports in Iran.

Pakistani merchants additionally urge officers to facilitate transit and bilateral change with Afghanistan as it is a win-win scenario for both.

Coordinator PAJCCI Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi recalled that in October the Ministry of Commerce, via issuing SRO 1380, imposed a ban on 14 gadgets of Afghan Transit Trade which in a large context represent round 212 items, barring the enforcement of one hundred per cent financial institution guarantee.

“The cargo items have been already included beneath insurance plan assurance and all the items had been going safely to Afghanistan for the remaining thirteen years,” Sarhadi advised today. He demanded revoking the a hundred per cent financial institution warranty and the revival of the historical insurance plan assurance system.

Sarhadi recalled that both international locations had set the goal of growing change extent to $5 billion, however it had lowered to $1.4 billion.

Pakistani and Afghan merchants have lengthy been insisting on keeping apart alternate from political issues, however, no interest has ever been paid to this demand.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif warned this week that Islamabad may want to block the hall it supplied to Afghanistan for exchange with India. The defence minister asserted that Pakistan had the proper to end facilitating Kabul if it failed to curb anti-Pakistan terrorists working on Afghan soil.

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