News ID: 314553
Published: 0241 GMT July 06, 2021

Iran-Afghanistan trade unaffected by political developments: Deputy FM

Iran-Afghanistan trade unaffected by political developments: Deputy FM

There has been no interruption to the trade exchanges between Iran and Afghanistan despite the escalation of tensions in the latter, an Iranian deputy foreign minister said.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Rasoul Mohajer said the recent developments in Afghanistan have not had any effect on the economic interaction with the neighboring country, reported Tasnim News Agency.

“In spite of the tensions in Afghanistan, all (Iranian) ministries have been encouraged to carry on the interactions according to the policies. There has been no change in the economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan, at least until today, and the exchanges are in progress via the borders,” he added.

The deputy minister said the value of trade exchanges between the two countries stands at above $3 billion, adding the trade interactions have been stable because of the popularity of Iranian commodities in Afghanistan and the unique opportunities available in the Afghan market.

Iran’s trade exchanges with Afghanistan are almost entirely handled by the private sector, Mohajer added.

The security situation in Afghanistan has been deteriorating in recent months as the Taliban have been overrunning many districts in rapid succession.

Iranian officials maintain that the crisis in Afghanistan requires a political and negotiated solution, and that the peace process should include all Afghan groups without any foreign interference.

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