Chaman-Spin Boldak border to reopen from Tuesday, says Pak envoy to Afghanistan

Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Khan said on Monday that an agreement had been reached with Afghan authorities to reopen the Chaman-Spin Boldak gate from tomorrow (Tuesday), nearly a month after the border crossing was closed for pedestrians and trade by the Taliban.

“As a result of a meeting between border authorities, Afghanistan and Pakistan have decided to open [the] Chaman-Boldak crossing from tomorrow for pedestrians as well as trade. The two sides will now look forward to ensuring smooth operations of the important border crossing,” Ambassador Khan told Media. The envoy said he had recently called on Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and, among other issues, they had discussed the need for opening the Boldak-Chaman crossing at the earliest, ensuring the facilitation of cross-border movement of people and trade vehicles on both sides, especially because it was the fruit harvest season in Afghanistan.

“We also had discussions about following up on the recent visit of the foreign minister of Pakistan to Kabul, which was extremely productive. We remain closely engaged with Afghan authorities for facilitating the movement of people at all border crossings,” he said.

According to a senior member of the Chaman Chamber of Commerce, Usman Achakzai, the decision to reopen the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing was taken at a meeting held on the Afghan side of the border on Monday morning.

Achakzai said members of the Chaman Chamber of Commerce and security officials joined the meeting that was held in the wake of discussions between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Taliban officials in Kabul last month.

He added that the Taliban had removed blockades placed on their side of the border.