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imageISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan, Muhammad Sadiq on Friday said that Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoyed excellent trade relations and both countries had tremendous potential to increase their bilateral trade from the existing level of US$ 2.5 to $5 billion in the years ahead.

He said that Pakistan had been encouraging and facilitating the Afghan traders and businessmen with the object to boost the bilateral trade, a message received here from Kabul said.

He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pak-Afghan Trade Fair 2013, jointly organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industries and Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Kabul.

The Ambassador said that the Government of Pakistan accorded utmost importance to the promotion of foreign trade and particularly trade with the neighbouring countries.

The Deputy Minister of Commerce of Afghanistan, Dr. Sadruddin Sahar, also spoke on the occasion and stressed the need for initiating joint ventures by the business communities of the two countries so as to further promote and expand bilateral trade.

The President of Pakistan and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Khan Jan Alokozay while appreciated the support and cooperation extended by the Government of Pakistan for facilitating the Afghan business community.

President of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dr. Shimail Daud Arain, in his vote of thanks underscored the importance of strengthening bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries in areas of trade and connectivity.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013

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