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Afghanistan, Iran; two neighbors with good political and economic relations

With the Islamic Emirate takeover, efforts have been made for the improvement of good political and economic relations with neighboring countries. Since mid-August 2021, the mutual political and economic relations between the two countries have been good. Today, the relations between Afghanistan and Iran are very good as embassies and consulates are active in both countries. In the past almost two and half years, high-ranking officials of the Islamic Emirate have paid visits to Iran and discussed various issues particularly trade and problems of Afghan refugees with officials of the neighboring country. In the most recent visit to Iran, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate, Amir Khan Muttaqi after attending a conference on Palestine has held meetings with high-ranking officials of Iran. In an interview with an Iranian media outlet, Amir Khan Muttaqi has said that the political and economic relations between Afghanistan and Iran are getting better by passing each single day, and both countries are trying to make progress in different areas. After the Islamic Emirate takeover, Afghanistan has opened the doors of economic interactions with all countries in the region. The Islamic Emirate has opened this door of economic interactions to all countries based on a neutral, balanced, and economy-oriented foreign policy, and through this, good opportunities to access the markets of Afghanistan and develop economic relations have been provided to all countries, especially the neighbors. With the Islamic Emirate takeover in mid-August 2021, Iran has established its relations with the IEA while keeping its embassy active in Kabul and its consulates in the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat. During his recent visit to Iran, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi has also admitted that the relations between Afghanistan and Iran are very good as embassies and consulates are active in both countries. If in the political dimension, Iran has the most political interaction with the IEA, which can be seen from the extent of its embassy and consulate activities in Afghanistan and the handover of the Afghan embassy in Tehran and the Afghan consulate in Mashhad to the Islamic Emirate. Naturally, since the warmth and intimacy of political relations between countries pave the way for the development of economic relations, it can be said that this situation is clearly visible between Iran and the Islamic Emirate. It is based on this that since the Islamic Emirate came to power, the economic relations between the two sides have grown and developed more and more. If, after a slight stagnation, the level of commercial transactions of both sides has taken on a normal routine and is reaching the limit of the previous situation. Today, both countries would like to increase their trade to $10 billion. During the recent meetings of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate on Economic Affairs Mullah Abdul Ghani Beradar, the advisor of the Iranian President’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Affairs has said that Iran’s economic strategy regarding Afghanistan is to increase bilateral trade to ten billion dollars in a period of 3 to 5 years and to take many measures in this field in the short term. It has been on for a long time. Among the important things that Iran has undertaken to reach the ten billion dollar trade horizon with Afghanistan are things like providing transit facilities, activating railway lines, especially the Khawaf-Herat railway line, imposing preferential tariffs on some commercial items, activating more customs ports on the border with Afghanistan, creating more facilities in customs, including 24-hour processing of customs affairs, providing free trade zones to Afghanistan and signing memorandums of understanding to strengthen trade relations between the two countries, as the most recent of which has been done during Mullah Beradar’s visit to Iran. With the Islamic Emirate takeover of Afghanistan, a good environment has been provided for the neighboring countries particularly Iran and other countries to invest in the mining sector and other infrastructure sectors in Afghanistan as well as improve their trade relations with Afghanistan as the overall security situation has improved significantly across the country. S.Raqib

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.