News ID: 219582
Published: 0313 GMT August 08, 2018

Kabul-Tehran trade not affected by sanctions: Official

Kabul-Tehran trade not affected by sanctions: Official

The rising trend of Iran-Afghanistan trade that began in 2001 will probably continue without being affected by US sanctions, said an Afghan trade official.

Iran-Afghanistan trade began some 20 years ago with transactions standing at annual $24 million but the figure has now reached $2.557 billion, the Head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Azarakhsh Hafezi told IRNA on Wednesday.

Bilateral trade is not too susceptible in view of the lengthy joint border and the numerous ground access between the two countries, he pointed out.

That's why the issues related to the nuclear deal will not affect the ties directly, however, it may affect the high number of Afghan migrants working and living in Iran, Hafezi said in a reference to some problems such as unemployment.

Afghan business people are interested in dealing with their Iranian counterparts to ease trade exchanges and good infrastructure particularly in terms of security.

It is expected that Iran will be Afghanistan's top trading partner in the near future.

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