Afghan cargo start arriving through new route bypassing Pakistan


New Delhi: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor at the Kabul International Airport. The corridor is a direct route that will bypass Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce in Afghanistan.

Ghani said on the occasion that the aim of the route is to create more opportunities and make Afghanistan an exporter country. Afghan President's adviser SediqullahMujadedi said Afghan agricultural products will for the first time head to India on cargo planes. 

Afghanistan is a mountainous landlocked country and all imports and exports depend on neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, when the first air freight corridor flight arrived in New Delhi, External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok GajapathiRaju and others were present at the arrival of the flight. 

Prime Minister NarendraModi has thanked Afghan President for the initiative. In a tweet, he said, the direct connectivity between India and Afghanistan will usher prosperity.