India, Pak to issue multiple-entry visa to traders

Pak Commerce Minister said that both countries had agreed on issuing multiple-entry visas to traders.

Islamabad: India and Pakistan have agreed to
solve visa problems faced by businessmen of both countries by
issuing multiple-entry visas valid for a year, Pakistani
Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim said on Thursday.

Both countries had agreed on issuing multiple-entry
visas to traders during his recent visit to India, Fahim told
the media.

All controversial issues between the two countries will
be discussed one by one, he said.

It had also been agreed during his visit that India
will not oppose the World Trade Organisation waiver sought by
the European Union for granting duty-free access for certain
goods from Pakistan, Fahim said.

Asked about Pakistan`s invitation to Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to visit the country, Fahim said the
invitation had been accepted but dates for the visit will be
decided later.

Foreign Minister spokesperson Tehmina Janjua, speaking
during a weekly news briefing, said Commerce Minister Fahim
had concluded a "good visit" to India during which the two
countries agreed that their Commerce Secretaries would meet
again in November to discuss ways to enhance trade.

"It is our hope that India`s decision not to raise any
further questions in WTO will smooth the way for early
agreement on the EU waiver on a specific list of goods in the
WTO for Pakistan," Janjua said.

In response to a question, Janjua said there had been
no change in Pakistan`s decision not to allow Indian goods to
be transported to Afghanistan under a transit trade agreement
signed by Islamabad and Kabul.


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