Afghan President Underlines Development of Economic Cooperation with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stressed his country's interest in the further expansion of cooperation with Iran, specially in economic and trade fields.
Ghani made the remarks on Wednesday, addressing the inauguration ceremony of Kamal Khan dam.
He said that economy of Iran and Afghanistan are interrelated and cooperation between two countries should develop.
Ghani added that the price of transferring goods through Chabahar Port in Iran is 2.5 times less than Karachi Port.
Meanwhile, Afghan Agriculture minister Anwar ul-Haq Ahady said Nimrouz is located near Chabahar and the agricultural products can be transferred through this border.
Chabahar, as Iran's only ocean port, plays an important role in developing trade, exports, and imports and in fishing as well.
Chabahar port is turning into a new hub for trade and industry in Iran and even the entire Central Asian region, according to Deputy Director of Sistan and Balouchestan Department of Ports and Maritime Organization Hossein Shahdadi.
Shahdadi said earlier this month that Chabahar is going to become a commercial and industrial hub not only for Iran but for the whole region, adding that major economies like China, India, Pakistan and the Persian Gulf littoral states are keen on investing in Chabahar port.
“Chabahar did not have any free trade zone before the victory of the Islamic Revolution,” he said, adding that it was a simple port where foreigners were active in its health sector.
The official stressed that now Chabahar Free Trade–Industrial Zone (CFZ) enjoys numerous capacities, including fisheries, industry and tourism alongside its strategic situation in terms of having two land and sea borders in Southeastern Iran.