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November 21, 2018
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President Ghani inaugurates Afghanistan-China air corridor

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has opened the Afghanistan and China air corridor on Tuesday with the first cargo flight plane carrying 20 tons of pine nuts left Kabul for China, a presidential statement said yesterday, adding the inaugural ceremony took place at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in capital Kabul.
Addressing the ceremony, President Ghani said the Afghan agriculture products such as pine nuts and pistachio would be exported to other countries, adding that 6thNovember was nominated as National Pine Nuts Day which should be celebrated nationwide in the future.
“With establishing air corridor with India, Afghanistan’s products introduced to one billion people and now with opening such corridor with China, around 1.3 billion of Chinese people to also know about Afghani products,” the president added, as quoted in the statement.
The president also thanked people of Paktia, Paktika and Khost provinces for their special attention towards pine nut trees and emphasized on establishment of an association for exporting products, in particular that of pine nut.
According to Presidential Statement Afghanistan’s pine nut production had been reached to 230, 00 metric tons per year and would be exported to the global markets under the Afghanistan label.
The Afghan government had already opened air corridors with India, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia during the ongoing year in order to help Afghan traders find access to global markets and increase the volume of exports.
“It was a great honor to see Afghanistan’s pine nut exports to China today, Chinese consumers have been enjoying valuable goods from Afghanistan, and we expect more exports from this country in the future,” said Wang Daxue, the deputy ambassador of China to Afghanistan during the opening ceremony of the air corridor between the two countries.
According to the statement so far, through air corridors 100 cargo flights had been conducted and more than 260, 0 tons of Afghan products worth $51 million had been exported.
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