Afghanistan, Iran agree to create a transit corridor
Afghanistan and Iran have agreed to create a transit corridor to help turn Chabahar port city into an exports and imports hub.
The agreement was signed between Iranian Deputy Economy Minister and Head of the Customs Administration Masoud Karbasian and his Afghan counterpart Ahmad Reshad Popal during a meeting in Tehran on August 09.
” As two ancient countries, Iran and Afghanistan enjoy common cultures and languages and development of Afghanistan would mark an honor for Iran since expansion of bilateral relations will create deeper ties between the two states,” Iran’s Mehr News Agency quotes Karbasian.
The Iranian officials called for expansion of customs ties between the two parties including provision of draft for a new customs agreement, electronic exchange of customs data as well as creation of joint border gates.
Popal on his part regarded Chabahar as the best transport corridor for Afghanistan and proposed that the idea of adding a customs office to boost trade between the two nations could help remove existing trade barriers.
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