The sixth meetings of Iran-Afghanistan Joint Economic Committee will be held in the near future, said the Iranian energy minister.
Reza Ardakanian told IRNA that among the issues to be discussed in these meetings will be those pertaining to the launch of the railroad connecting Khaf, eastern Iran, to the Afghan city of Herat, customs cooperation, the situation of the border markets and energy collaborations, IRNA reported.
He noted that at the proposal of the Iranian Foreign Ministry and as approved by the cabinet, Energy Ministry will be in charge of the joint economic committee.
The minister said as part of efforts by his ministry to this end, was the holding of Iran’s first specialized exhibition of water, electricity and telecommunications industries in Kabul during September 22-24.
He added over 70 Iranian firms took part in the expo, which was welcomed very well by visitors.
Ardakanian said the sixth meetings of the joint economic committee will soon be held in the Afghan capital of Kabul, adding that during the meetings, cooperation between the two countries in electricity and energy sectors as well as generation of renewable energies will also be discussed.
He noted that efforts will be made to enable the two countries to arrive at a final agreement and accelerate implementation of joint projects.
Synchronizing the electricity networks of Iran and Afghanistan is another issue that can be discussed in the upcoming joint committee meetings, the minister said.
Iran and Afghanistan have close and friendly political, economic, social and cultural relations. Over the past 19 years, different Iranian administrations have had close cooperation with their Afghan counterparts.
The imminent – within a few months – inauguration of Khaf-Herat railroad will be a breakthrough in trade relations between the two countries, Afghan officials say.
The construction of Harat-Khaf railroad with a length of 193 kilometers is underway in four parts. The implementation of the project began in 2007.
The construction of the two parts of the railroad (77 kilometers long) that are located in the Iranian territory has been completed a long time ago. However, the other two parts (116 kilometers) on the Afghan soil are yet to become complete.
Khaf-Herat railroad is part of the Iran-Afghanistan rail corridor. The project connects Iran’s eastern city of Khaf to Afghanistan’s western city of Ghourian in Herat Province.
Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, have stressed the importance of the project in boosting trade ties with neighboring countries, including Afghanistan.
Experts believe speeding up the construction of Khaf-Herat railroad will make Chabahar Port in southeastern Iran and Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, more accessible, which per se, is of great contribution to the shipping of millions of tons of goods.