Tajikistan, Afghanistan agree to expand trade ties

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The 6th session of the Intergovernmental Tajik-Afghan Commission for Trade, Economic, Social and Technical Cooperation was held in Kabul on May 26.

According to the press office of the Tajik transport ministry, the meeting was attended by members of the Tajik-Afghan commission for trade, economic, Social and technological cooperation of the two countries.

The Tajik side was headed by Transport Ministers Khudoyorzoda Khudoyor. The Afghan delegation was headed by the Minister of Economy Abdul Sattar Murad .

According to the Pajhwok News Agency, during the session, Afghanistan and Tajikistan signed a sixth agreement on economic and trade cooperation.

Minister of Economy Abdul Sattar Murad said today's agreement would help complete remaining works of projects already executed. He said the protocol would further expand and organize trade and economic relations between the two countries

The minister said the previous agreements were about transport, trader, railway lines, and scholarships for Afghan students, enhancing capacity of Afghan workers and CASA-1000 project.

He said the agreements were being implemented and had good results so far.

The Tajik transport minister said the trade volume between Tajikistan and Afghanistan had reached from the previous $35 million to $75 million due to the agreements.

Khudoyorzoda said Tajikistan and Afghanistan were landlocked countries and it was essential that both the countries have close relations.

He reaffirmed Tajikistan's continued assistance with Afghanistan and said both the countries' interests in the ongoing sensitive phase were interlinked.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan