India and Afghanistan establish Direct Air Freight Corridor

The first flight from Kabul to Delhi establishing air freight corridor was received on 19 June 2017 by the External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj in the presence of Civil Aviation Minister Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for External Affairs Shri M.J. Akbar and the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India H.E. Dr. Shaida Abdali. The flight, which carried 60 tonnes of cargo (mainly ‘hing’) from Afghanistan, was flagged off in Kabul by President of Afghanistan H.E. Mr. Ashraf Ghani in the presence of several Afghan Cabinet Ministers and India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Shri Manpreet Vohra. A similar cargo flight from Delhi to Kabul had earlier carried 100 tonnes of cargo (mainly pharmaceuticals, water purifiers, medical equipments) on June 18, 2017 from Delhi to Kabul.

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