Pakistan to reopen Wagah border crossing with India for Afghan exports

Islamabad: Pakistan’s foreign office said on Monday it would open the Wagah border crossing with India from July 15 to allow Afghan exports to pass through, saying the move would fulfil Pakistan’s commitments under the Pakistan-Afghanistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA).

Islamabad has restored trade operations with Afghanistan at all border terminals in recent weeks after closing them in mid-March to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

“At the special request of the Government of Afghanistan and with a view to facilitating Afghanistan’s transit trade, Pakistan has decided to resume Afghan exports through Wagah border crossing from 15 July 2020, after implementing COVID-19 related protocols,” the foreign office said in a statement.

The Wagah border is located near Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province, and is one of the major crossings between India and Pakistan

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