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Pakistan has not agreed to consider Afghanistan-India trade through its land, says foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

"Pakistan has not agreed to consider Afghanistan-India trade through our land," the Foreign Office said on Sunday, quoting Qureshi.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk
Islamabad Updated on: September 17, 2018 15:54 IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan on Monday dismissed reports that Islamabad has expressed readiness to talk on restoring the India-Afghanistan trade route through its territory.

"Pakistan has not agreed to consider Afghanistan-India trade through our land," country's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was quoted as saying by Foreign Office on Sunday. 

The rejection came after  US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass said that Pakistan was considering resumption of India-Afghanistan trade via its territory, as per a report by Express Tribune.

"Pakistan had already approached Afghanistan earlier this year and indicated its willingness to resume trade between Afghanistan and India through its land," Bass had said in an interview to an Indian daily last week.

The Express Tribune called the revelation "significant" as according to it Pakistan "did not allow Indian goods to be transported through its territory into Afghanistan".

(With IANS inputs)

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