India, Afghanistan reach agreement to establish air corridor

Earlier this month, Afghan President called upon Pakistan to allow Kabul to engage in trade with India through its land routes, a request turned down by Islamabad.

By: ANI | Kabul | Published:September 25, 2016 12:51 pm
india-afghanistan, india-afghan trade, indo-afghan air corridor, narendra modi, ashraf ghani, pakistan, islamabad Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (L) and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Source: Reuters)

India and Afghanistan have reached an agreement for establishment of an air corridor.

“We reached an agreement with #India for establishment of an air corridor, to send #Afghan goods through the air. Pres @ashrafghani,” Pajhwok Afghan News tweeted quoting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as saying.

Ghani during his two-day visit to India last week urged the Indian businessmen to use the air route for trade in a bid to help free his landlocked country from the constraints of those neighbours, who do not wish his country well.

Earlier this month, he called upon Pakistan to allow Kabul to engage in trade with India through its land routes, a request turned down by Islamabad.

The bilateral trade between India and Afghanistan stood at less than $685 million in 2014-15.

However, the trade relations can realize its true potential if the Wagah-Attari route is opened for bilateral trade with Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) has been restrictive in this aspect.

The APTTA is a bilateral trade agreement between Islamabad and Kabul. It has been renegotiated several times.

The treaty was signed in 1950 which gave Afghanistan the right to import duty-free goods through Karachi.

The US has maintained that it would encourage Ghani’s move of asking Pakistan to include India in the transit trade agreement for stronger trade relations between all countries of the region.

Speaking at the daily press briefing, Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department, Mark C Toner said, “I would just say, speaking broadly, that we would support stronger trade relations within the region. And we’ve long said that it’s a priority for the United States at least, but it should be a priority for the countries in the region to all work more cooperatively and constructively together. And a trade agreement would be part of that.”

When asked as to what was his position on Afghanistan asking India’s inclusion in the transit trade agreement it has with Pakistan, Toner replied, “I think we would encourage, as I said, stronger trade relations between all the countries of the region.”

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    Ares Roy
    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:21 pm
    hahahaha ... beggars who will eat gr if USA stops giving money for 1 year and they are dreaming so big .... hahahaha .... by the way, we will not conquer or convert stan ... we will just erase it from world map with our Plutonium built high yield Nuclear bomb... go $uck your mommy'$ v@g!n@ kiddo ... LOL
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      Ares Roy
      Sep 26, 2016 at 9:35 pm
      I don't know which dumb stani village you belong ... but definitely stani people doesn't even know about their own country ... stan is currently sending Afghan refugees back ... Yeah, it's your route ... no problem .. k!$$ our @r$e ... we are going to trade with Afghanistan through Air route.
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        Ares Roy
        Sep 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm
        We reached to Mars , going to build 5th gen. stleath fighetr jets, having stealth ships, CEO's all over world on top of multinational companies ....and you b|00dy stanis are still looking at our @nu$ ( at least that's what your logic proves when you say that the only thing you find about India is how Indian poor people openly defecate ) ... LOL
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          Ayush
          Sep 25, 2016 at 6:40 pm
          China already has muslim insurgecy problems.. Establishing connections with Porkistan will only increase it .. China will regret it soon, stan will become another NK for china lol.
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            Raahil
            Sep 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm
            Like your iron friend Russia learnt about you....
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              Raahil
              Sep 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm
              stan is hosting 4 millionAfghan refugees for the past 4 decades. How many are you taking. It is our route. So we decide who walks through it and who doesn't.
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                Raahil
                Sep 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm
                Then wait for 12 more months and don't show up your on our border.
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                  Raahil
                  Sep 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm
                  Try to stop farmer suicides in your country. And please give them toilets .... all of them. And then worry about stan.
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