Afghanistan seeks comprehensive relations with Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 4
By Khalid Kazimov -- Trend:
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has said his country is keen on all-out relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"Kabul has always sought to improve trade with Iran and it seeks to improve relations after the nuclear deal as well," he said in a meeting with visiting Iranian Ministry of Interior Abrolreza Rahmani Fazli on the sidelines of the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-6), IRNA reported.
He also hoped that by removing obstacles related to border security, the two neighbors would further improve mutual economic ties.
"We want to develop customs bureaus along the joint border with Iran in order to help revenues on both sides, fight drug smuggling more effectively, and prevent the illegal transfer of goods," Ghani stated.
The Iranian official, for his part, stressed interest on behalf of Tehran in growing relations with Kabul and said Iran is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in fighting problems the two countries are mutually afflicted with.
Trade Attaché at the Afghan Embassy in Tehran Abdolhadi Farhang told Trend on April 25 that the two countries' trade turnover has boomed from $100 million to $2.5 billion. According to him, Iran 's export to Afghanistan stands at about $2.5 billion and its import from Afghanistan at about $50 billion.
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