IEA delegation discusses bilateral trade relations with Iranian officials

KABUL (Khaama Press): Iranian Ambassador to Kabul Hassan Kazemi Qomi said that representatives of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Taliban have discussed the expansion of bilateral trade between Iran and Afghanistan.
Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iranian envoy to Afghanistan wrote on Twitter that Taliban representative and Iranian officials have also discussed the inauguration of the Khaf-Herat railway, which will facilitate the transfer of commercial goods between the countries.
The railway line links Khaf in the north-eastern Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi to Herat, the center of the western Herat province of Afghanistan.
Mr. Qomi further added that besides growing trade activities in Chabahar Port, removing transit barriers at the border areas has been part of the agenda of the meeting between the Taliban and Iranian officials. Qomi described the visit as quite effective to boost economic and trade relations between the two countries.
On Tuesday, the Taliban announced that Noorullah Azizi, the Acting Minister of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan had met with Iranian officials in Dogharon, Khorasan, Sistan and Baluchistan and Chabahar Port.
Over the past weeks, Taliban officials have repeatedly traveled to Iran, taking on stocks of issues once on Afghan refugees problems in Iran, supervising the Afghan Embassy in Tehran, and building economic and diplomatic ties with Iran.
Furthermore, the Taliban’s Minister of Refugee and Repatriation traveled to Iran on March 13, aimed at discussing the problems of Afghan refugees with Iranian authorities.
Iran has maintained close ties with the de facto authorities of Afghanistan since the group’s return to power in August 2021. Besides delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan, Iran has kept its diplomatic mission operational in Kabul and lately handed over the Embassy of Afghanistan to Taliban diplomats in Tehran.
Many economic experts believe Iran is keen to invest in Afghanistan in different sectors given that the security situation remains stable, and terrorism does not pose immediate threats.