KABUL: An aircraft packed with 60 tons of Afghan plants with medicinal uses marked the opening of the first air cargo corridor between Afghanistan and India on Monday.
The cargo, worth about $5 million, was the first in what officials from the two countries hope among many flights allowing Afghan and Indian companies to bypass Pakistan, which limits the shipment of goods by land between India and Afghanistan due to tense ties with Delhi.
“Our aim is to change Afghanistan to an exporter country,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said at a ceremony marking the inaugural flight. Afghanistan depends on Pakistan’s port of Karachi for its foreign trade. It is allowed to send a limited amount of goods overland through Pakistan into India, but imports from India are not allowed along this route.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2017.
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