0130 GMT January 16, 2019
Among the 500 companies licensed to operate in the free trade zone of Chabahar Port, 165 of them are Afghan firms," reported Xinhua citing Afghan sources.
"We also would continue our efforts to start the Kabul-Chabahar-Dubai flights in order to ease access for Afghan investors to global markets," it added.
Iran, India and Afghanistan inked an agreement in May 2016 based on which Afghan traders are allowed to invest and conduct economic activities in Chabahar Port.
Chabahar has strategic significance for India but some of the complications in trade with Iran pertain to uncertainty over US policy, especially under President Donald Trump who has denounced the 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers as "the worst deal ever negotiated" and vowed to withdraw from the deal.