Mirkazemi: Iran to supply Afghanistan with fuel
Iranian Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi says Tehran and Kabul have reached an agreement to supply Afghanistan with Iranian fuel, Press TV reported.
Mirkazemi said on Sunday that Iran has started delivering the products to the neighbor's private sector, the Oil Ministry's official website Shana reported.
"Afghanistan's private sector buys all its needed products from Iran," the official said.
The minister noted that oil products were already transited to Afghanistan through the Islamic Republic and expressed hope that "from now on the country makes all its fuel purchases from Iran according to the agreement."
About one-third of Afghanistan's fuel needs, imported from Russia, Turkmenistan and Iraq, have been transited to the country through Iran.
Mirkazemi said the Iranian government has authorized the export of a billion liters of petrol of its national reserves by the end of the Iranian year in March 2011.
"As new refineries come on stream and the production capacity increases, the current reserves can be exported," he said.
Earlier in February, Iran lifted all restrictions on fuel supplies to Afghanistan in response to the Afghan government's declaration that it will not provide the fuel to NATO troops stationed in the country.
Iran had restricted fuel deliveries to Afghanistan considering that some of the fuel transited to the country was being supplied to the US-led foreign forces.