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Trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan drops

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Bilateral trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan has dropped by almost 2 billion US dollars.
Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Zahidullah Shinwari said the trade volume between the two countries was $2.5 billion as he blamed the strained relations between Kabul and Islamabad behind the reducing trade volume between the two countries. Tensions between Kabul and Islamabad remains because the two countries blame each other of no fight against terrorist group. Furthermore, the Afghan government is searching for alternative routes to gain access to international markets to boost trade as the key Chabahar Port in Iran started operations during the recent months besides Kabul and New Delhi have launched the air corridor to help Afghan traders gain access to international markets.

Top US officials to visit Islamabad with tough message from President Trump

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Senior US officials are expected to visit Islamabad at the end of this month and earlier next month amid reports the officials will deliver tough message by President Donald Trump to the Pakistani officials regarding the circumstances surrounding the fight against terrorism. The officials have told AFP that Secretary Tillerson will arrive in Islamabad later this month while Secretary Mattis’s visit is scheduled for the next month. According to the officials, the two senior US officials will deliver the message by President Trump that the alleged Pakistani state support for militant groups has to end. This comes as Pakistani foreign minister Khawajah Asif last week visited Washington amid reports he was invited by Secretary Tillerson for bilateral talks. However, reports indicate that the tensions still remain high between the two nations, mainly due to the safe havens of the terror groups in Pakistan. Secretary Mattis earlier had warned that President Donald Trump is prepared to take whatever actions are necessary if Washington’s efforts fail to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan.

Pakistan will play its due role for peace in Afghanistan: Asif responds to Ghani’s overture

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Yesterday President Ghani stated that “We are ready for comprehensive political talks: peace with Pakistan is in our national agenda”, going over the last diplomatic difficulties between the two countries. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Saturday that Islamabad is willing to join hands with Kabul to see peace and stability in the region. Diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been rocky in the past few months. The relationship between the two hyphenated neighbours has been on downward slide since an uptick in Taliban violence in Afghanistan. In July last year, President Ghani had said that the peace initiatives taken by Kabul with Islamabad were not successful as the latter differentiated between good and bad terrorists “in practice”.

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