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Afghanistan threatens to close transit route for Pak

| Updated: Sep 09, 2016 22:32 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Sept. 9 (ANI): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has threatened to close transit route for Pakistan to Central Asian countries as the Wagah port has been closed for the Afghan traders for import and export. President Ghani made the remarks during a meeting with the United Kingdom's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins in Kabul, reports the Khaama Press. He said Afghanistan is no more a landlocked country as several other options and transit routes are available for the import and export of commodities of the Afghan traders. President Ghani further added that Pakistan usually closes transit routes during the fruits season which incurs loss of millions of dollars to the Afghan traders. According to him, India has agreed to exempt Afghanistan from financial tariff for the export of fruits to the country. The duo also discussed Afghan peace talks, fight against terrorism, and the issue of the Afghan refugees' repatriation from Pakistan. President Ghani said the Afghan refugees are tired of pressures and the ongoing situation in Pakistan as they are willing to repatriate to Afghanistan, emphasizing that the Afghan refugees have invested millions in the country and the government is committed to support them to shift their investments to Afghanistan. He urged the international community to support Afghanistan in this process as the Afghan Government has taken necessary steps to assist the returnees. (ANI)