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PR No.120 PAK-AFGHAN BUSINESS DELEGATION URGES OPENING OF THE BORDER Islamabad: March 14, 2017

A delegation of Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce comprising businessmen from Pakistan and Afghanistan met NSA this morning. Besides future prospects of Pak-Afghan relations, the issue of recent border closure also came under discussion.

Members of the delegation stressed upon the need of improving economic ties between the two countries. In this context they highlighted the issues and problems due to the recent border closure and requested to resolve this issue at the earliest to avert further sufferings.

NSA said that economic interdependence can improve relationship between the two countries as security and economic security are the two sides of the same coin. Both countries collectively need to find solutions to defeat the menace of terrorism. Flourishing enemies of Pakistan across the borders have affected our relationship to which we must have an answer. Addressing each others concerns, we need to belong to the future. He further reiterated that both the countries are ready markets for each other and there is a need to hold each other together. NSA assured the delegation that their request of opening of borders will be given due consideration.

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