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Pakistan working to give India 'most favoured nation' status

Published on Jul 24, 2014 7:49 PM
Indian and Pakistani prime ministers Narendra Modi (R) and Nawaz Sharif shake hands during a meeting in New Delhi on May 27, 2014. India and Pakistan have directed their peace efforts towards "trade diplomacy" in a bid to build enough trust to tackle thornier issues that divide them. --PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan on Thursday said it would re-start work on improving trade ties with arch-rival India when the two nations' foreign ministers meet in Islamabad next month.

Pakistan had pledged to grant India "Most Favoured Nation (MFN)" status by the end of 2012, meaning Indian exports would be treated the same as those from other nations, but so far has not done so.

India granted Pakistan MFN status in 1999.

"When the dialogue process resumes, we hope to build on the work already done in this regard," Pakistan's top foreign ministry bureaucrat Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told AFP at a weekly press briefing.

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