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3rd Afghan-Iran trade meeting to be held in Tehran

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3rd Afghan-Iran trade meeting to be held in Tehran
 The 3rd Afghan-Iran businessmen’s meeting is expected to be held in Tehran.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries has said that the three-day meeting would discuss expansion of trade and transit relations between the two countries.
The two countries’ representatives would also talk about how to make a joint investment in various fields, as spokesman of the chamber, Siam Peserlay told media that creation of Afghanistan banks’ branches in Iran, expansion of infrastructures in the Chabahar Port, absorbing and providing ground for expansion of trade relations between the two countries, are expected to be among the key issues discussed in the meeting.
The Iranian side would also be convinced to invest in Afghanistan, said the spokesman.
Meantime, an economic expert, Qais Mohammadi said that Iran can be a good trade partner for Afghanistan, as the neighboring country enjoys proper Asian-wide trade standards.
According to the statistics of the chamber of commerce and industries, the volume of trade between the two countries reaches to two billion each year.
Likewise, Shirali Tazri in a telephone conversation with The Kabul Times welcomed the meeting and called it a good omen for development of business between the two countries and that Afghanistan is hoped to reach highly developed economic level in the future.
“Afghanistan, during the war years, didn’t enjoy good product condition to beef up its domestic products, so, it forced to import its domestic needs from the neighboring countries,” said Tazri.
He added that Pakistan was also willing to impose loss on the people and traders of Afghanistan, by blocking the its port, but fortunately, after practically inauguration of the Chabahar Port, Afghanistan’s goods would reach to the central Asian and other countries, helping the countries’ dependence on Pakistan reduce. The port would help Afghanistan export its commercial goods to Indian and then to the central Asian markets. He said the three-day meeting, besides tackling trade challenges, would also be important in resolving political issues, as well as would lay positive impact on the peace process. He hoped such meetings would also be held with Pakistan and it should be convinced that economic relation shouldn’t be victimized by political problems.