KABUL: Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan has said his country would issue visas for the Afghan businessmen, an official said the other day.
In a meeting with the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi, Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, Wang Yu, expressed China’s readiness to facilitate visas for Afghan businesspeople in Afghanistan, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the ministry’s spokesman said.
The country’s foreign minister urged Beijing to address the problems of the Afghan traders and resume visa issuance.
After the outbreak of Covid-19 and political changes in Afghanistan, China stopped issuing visas for Afghan businessmen.
The two sides, also agreed to accelerate the transportation of pine nuts from Afghanistan to China, according to the spokesman.
Meanwhile, Khairullah Khairkhwa the Afghanistan head of the Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) called lack of visas a big and serious problem for businessmen and the private sector, especially with China. “Because we import goods as well as raw materials for our factories,” said. He added that Afghanistan was the only country in the region whose traders lack access to China’s visas, he told ToloNews, a private tv.
“Lack of visas is a big problem. We ordered a type of material but then received another material,” said Mohammad Younus, the acting head of ACCI.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Chamber of Industry and Mines said that Afghan industrial owners are facing many challenges in imports due to a lack of visas for China.
The Kabul Times