News ID: 321161
Published: 0248 GMT April 20, 2022
‘Foreign interference to blame for Kabul bomb attacks’

Raeisi urges using private sector capacities to boost trade with regional states

Raeisi urges using private sector capacities to boost trade with regional states
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi addresses a cabinet meeting in Tehran on April 20, 2022.

International Desk

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi highlighted the necessity of making better use of available opportunities and domestic private sector’s capacities to boost trade with regional countries, tasking his first vice president with the mission of identifying and removing obstacles to this end.

Making the remarks in an address to a Wednesday cabinet meeting, Raeisi described Iran’s trade with regional states as favorable, wrote.

He also called on First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber to form a committee comprising related authorities to swiftly detect and remove the impediments to trade development with regional states.

The president stressed that “seeing things through” is the key to domestic organizations’ fulfilling their responsibilities, noting that resolving problems is not so much about issuing directives as taking appropriate measures and actions.

Underlining the need to manage market liquidity and direct domestic banks’ loans toward boosting production, Raeisi said creating liquidity in the absence of effective management has adverse economic consequences, making efforts by the administration’s economic team futile.


Kabul catastrophe condemned


Turning to the Tuesday’s multiple bomb attacks on a high school in a Shia neighborhood west of the Afghan capital Kabul, Raeisi condemned the “terror attacks”, blaming, in addition to terrorists, those countries that have played the biggest role in the past years in making Afghanistan insecure and unstable through their irresponsible interferences in the guise of ensuring security.  

Condoling with the victims’ families, the Iranian president called on the caretaker Taliban government to do their best to prevent recurrence of such incidents, the main victims of which are innocent children and students.

At least six people were killed and 25 others were injured after three huge explosions ripped through two educational centers in western Kabul on Tuesday, according to Press TV.

Two back-to-back blasts targeted a boys’ high school located in a neighborhood dominated by the Shia Hazarah community in the western part of Kabul. Earlier, another explosion hit a tuition center in the same area.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but analysts believe it bears the hallmarks of the Daesh terrorist group.

The group had claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Hazara-dominated areas in west Kabul between September and December 2021, which were mainly magnetic bombings targeting civilian vehicles.

However, between 2014 and 2019, the group carried out major bombings against the persecuted Shia Hazara community in Afghanistan.


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