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Air freight corridor between Afghanistan, India established

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A cargo flight today landed from to New Delhi, establishing an air freight corridor between and

The air freight corridor will give a fillip to the trade relations between the two countries and give landlocked a greater access to markets in It will also benefit farmers by giving them a quick and direct access to the Indian markets for their perishable produce.

The arrival of the cargo flight from to marked the inauguration of the dedicated air freight corridor, a decision taken in a meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Ghani in September 2016.

Modi said the direct (air freight) connectivity between and will "usher prosperity".

"I thank President @ashrafghani for the initiative," Modi tweeted.

The flight was flagged off by President Ashraf Ghani in the presence of several Cabinet ministers and India's ambassador to Manpreet Vohra.

In Delhi, the flight, carrying 60 tonnes of cargo, mostly asafoetida (hing), was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Civil Aviation Minister Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State in the MEA M J Akbar and envoy to Shaida Abdali.

During his visit to in September 2016, Ghani had urged Indian and businesses to achieve a target of USD 10 billion in trade over the next five years.

The ministry also eased its visa regime for business-persons, apart from increasing the duration of stay for tourists and patients since February this year.

Presently, there are four to five flights operating daily between and India, bringing nearly 1,000 Afghans, many of them for medical treatment in Indian hospitals.

has been closely working with to create alternate and reliable access routes for the landlocked country.

In January 2015, had announced its decision to allow trucks to enter the Indian territory through Attari land check-post for offloading and loading goods from and to

is also working with and Iran for development of the Chabahar Port. A trilateral transport and transit agreement based on sea access through Chabahar was signed between the three countries in Tehran in May 2016.

Currently major exports from to are man-made filaments, apparels and clothing accessories, pharmaceutical products, cereals, man-made staple fibres, tobacco products, dairy and poultry products, coffee, tea,meat and spices.

Major imports from to are fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, vegetables, oil seeds, precious, semi-precious stones.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 21:32 IST