Photo: Hassan Kazemi Qomi via Twitter

Iran and Taliban hold ‘productive talks’ over expanding trade ties

The Iranian Special Representative and ambassador to Kabul, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, said Thursday that the Taliban’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Nooruddin Azizi, has held “productive talks” over expanding trade between Iran and Afghanistan during his visit to Tehran.

Iran’s special representative for Afghanistan and its ambassador in Kabul, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, has said that ‘productive talks’ have been held during the visit of Taliban’s minister of industry and commerce, Nooruddin Azizi, to Iran over expanding trade volumes between Afghanistan and Iran.

“The inauguration of the Khaf-Herat railway, expanding trade operations in Chabahar port, and removing the transit constraints in border terminals were key topics discussed during the [Taliban’s minister]’s visit,” Qomi said in a tweet.

Meeting the governor of Iran’s South Khorasan province in Afghanistan’s western Nimruz province last Monday, Azizi had said that the Taliban was seeking to increase trade with Iran.

According to some estimates, Iran exports around $2 billion worth of goods to Afghanistan annually.

The Taliban’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement that Azizi also visited Chabahar port, some commercial zones in the area, industrial factories, Iran’s ports and the country’s aviation authority during his visit.

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Citing Azizi, the Taliban-controlled Bakhtar News Agency reported that the volume of trade exchanges between Iran and Afghanistan has increased to $10 billion a year.

The Taliban government and the Islamic Republic of Iran have this time established close ties with the later have focused mostly on economic programs and investments on mining sector in Afghanistan.