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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
10:49:00 AM EAT
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Ashraf Haidari said ( about Ashraf Haidari ) : "This proposed corridor is not coming via any other country but a direct air-link to Colombo. However, since there is no direct Kabul-Colombo connectivity at this moment, at the beginning, and only at the beginning, we may have to come through Mumbai or Delhi, but thereafter it will be a direct connection to Colombo. We encourage SriLankan Airlines too to consider a direct flight to Afghanistan. As far as an air service agreement is considered, we are ready to extend special lower tariff, landing rights depending on value, exemptions to Lankan businesses, easy business registration for Lankan businesses coming there as well as Afghani cargo coming to Colombo-even easy visas to Lankan travellers coming there”, Ambassador Ashraf Haidari. He added, “Kabul based airlines such as Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air that are ready to come to Colombo. We need to exchange business delegations between both countries, as a start. We are proposing an Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement to kick-start bilateral investment and trade. We are also proposing an Afghanistan-Sri Lanka Business Council, which will facilitate these bilateral B2B processes at business level-since ground level businesses know which products move both ways. The bilateral trade need not be limited to Air Corridor only but if necessary can be conducted through marine cargo as well-depending on product-wise cost effectiveness"
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