Afghanistan, Pakistan Seek to Increase Bilateral Trade

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WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD—Officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan held talks Tuesday on an agreement that would boost bilateral commerce and lower the cost of trading items between the neighboring countries.

A Pakistani delegation led by Trade Minister Khurrum Dastagir visited Kabul for the negotiations.

Pakistan’s Minister of State for Education and Narcotics Control, Muhammad Balighur Rehman, told parliament that Pakistani officials shared a draft of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with their Afghan counterparts. He said both countries were also establishing a joint business council.