Signing of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement
July 19, 2010
In May 2009, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States made clear that the conclusion of a transit trade agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan was of the highest priority for our three nations and our national security. Today, the United States congratulates Afghanistan and Pakistan on concluding the historic Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) on July 18 in Islamabad, after more than a year of diligent and determined engagement on both sides.
The Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) is one of the most important concrete achievements between the two neighbors in nearly 50 years and represents the most significant bilateral economic treaty ever signed between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This agreement will undoubtedly bring great benefit to the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, but it also marks a major milestone in promoting regional trade.
We look forward to supporting both countries as they work to implement this important agreement.
On July 18 in Islamabad, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke joined Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani, Pakistani Minister of Commerce Fahim and Afghan Minister of Commerce Ahady for the signing of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement. Photo credit: Morgan O'Brien, U.S. Department of State.