Trade deal is signed with Afghanistan

Austin American-Statesman - - MONDAYBRIEFING -

IS­LAM­ABAD — Afghanistan and Pak­istan signed a land­mark trade agree­ment, au­gur­ing a thaw be­tween these two peren­ni­ally sus­pi­cious neigh­bors. The United States had prod­ded the two coun­tries to sign the ac­cord, cal­cu­lat­ing that it would bol­ster the Afghan econ­omy by ex­pand­ing its trade routes and curb­ing ram­pant smug­gling. The pact cov­ers a mul­ti­tude of trade and tran­sit is­sues, rang­ing from im­port du­ties to port ac­cess.

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