China welcomes resumption of commerce between Pakistan and Afghanistan

Spokesperson Hua says China helps extension of CPEC to Afghanistan. Photo: File

BEIJING: China on Thursday welcomed the resumption of commerce and other people alternate between Pakistan and Afghanistan after it was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“China applauds the endeavours of Pakistan and Afghanistan to overcome difficulties caused by COVID-19 and resume trade and personnel exchange recently,” mentioned Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Hua Chunying in a press convention on Thursday.

Hua acknowledged that Beijing as a neighbour and buddy of each international locations seems to be ahead to the development of relations and financial growth in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She additionally acknowledged that China was able to play a constructive function to this finish.

“China supports the extension of the CPEC to Afghanistan, which will bring more Belt and Road Initiative benefits to the Afghan people,” mentioned the Chinese official.

Hua additionally commented that China was happy to see the Gwadar port, amongst different CPEC tasks, performs a constructive function on this course of. She added that China stands with Kabul and Islamabad and can also be able to work with each the international locations on this matter.

Pakistan has opened 5 key routes with Afghanistan for bilateral and transit commerce over the previous weeks to assist war-ravaged Afghanistan enhance commerce.

Pakistan had closed all commerce routes with Afghanistan in March as a result of COVID-19 outbreak however has now reopened Torkham in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Chaman in southwest Balochistan province, two main crossings with Afghanistan, for each the bilateral commerce and the Afghan transit commerce.

These border crossings at the moment are operationalised for 24 hours a day and 6 days per week to facilitate cross-border commerce, which has been affected as a result of Covid-19 pandemic in each international locations.

Besides the 2 main routes, Pakistan has additionally opened three different routes with Afghanistan together with Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan tribal district, Angor Adda in South Waziristan tribal district and Kharlachi in Kurram tribal district.

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