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Afghan, Iranian officials discuss trade, transit

KABUL: The inaugural meetings of joint committees between Afghanistan and Iran have been held to boost trade and transit between the two countries, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs said in a state ment Sunday. The meetings were held at the customhouses of the two countries and discussed several important issues including reviewing previous agreements, increasing the level of trade and transit and addressing challenges facing the traders of both nations, the statement said. Both sides agreed on increasing working hours from 8 hours to 16 hours at the customs of Islam Qala, Abu Nasr Farahi and Nimrooz, and three border customs on the Iranian side, the statement further said, deciding to significantly increase the number of daily vehicles transporting goods, raising the figure from 550 to 1,200. In the meetings, the decision has also been made to lift the 20-day ban on Iranian trucks entering Afghan territory, aiming to promote trade and transit between the two countries. Furthermore, the Iranian side announced the cancelation of 104 U.S. dollars as an entry fee, while the Afghanistan side also removed 5000 Afghani as an entry fee. This joint committee’s meetings are a follow-up to the agreements established during the official visit of Mullah Abdul Ghani Beradar Akhund, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs to Iran. The Kabul Times

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