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Afghanistan seeks enhanced trade, transit ties with Tehran

Afghanistan seeks enhanced trade, transit ties with Tehran

 

TEHRAN: Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says his country wants to enhance trade and transit ties with Iran.

“Afghanistan and Iran call for facilitating economic relations,” he said on Monday afternoon after a meeting in Tehran with Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri.

Abdullah appreciated Iran’s help and support in rebuilding Afghanistan and boosting security in the country, especially in fight against narcotics.

He also thanked Iran for providing the situation for some 50,000 Afghan students to study in Iran.

Jahangiri, for his part, put the current annual bilateral trade at around $2.5 billion, saying that Afghanistan can use Iran’s Chabahar port as a gateway for transiting its goods.

Abdullah will visit Chabahar during his two-day stay.

The top Afghan official also thanked Iran for hosting millions of Afghan refugees over the past 37 years.