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Afghanistan, Iran promoting economic diplomacy

Tehran, IRNA - Collaborations between Afghanistan and Iran in different fields especially in economic and trade relations can end up in fighting extremism in the war-torn Afghanistan and stop Western interference in the neighboring state, an Iranian daily has reported.

Iran Newspaper has published a memo on Monday, emphasizing the need for expansion of trade and economic ties between Afghanistan and Iran.

Kabul and Tehran have shown determination to increase cooperation in banking, border markets, mining, trade, and sport sectors.

To this end, Taliban's Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, heading a delegation, arrived in Tehran on January 8 in order to hold talks with Iranian officials on issues of mutual interest.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, wrote on his Twitter account that Muttaqi is going to discuss political, economic, transit, and migrants' issues with Iranian authorities.

Certain media outlets claimed that the Afghan delegation's trip to Iran would be translated into handing over Afghanistan embassy in Tehran to Taliban, but Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh ruled out speculations in this regard, noting that diplomatic activities of the embassy in Tehran have been determined in line with international regulations mentioned in 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also underlined that the Islamic Republic has always stressed the need for maintaining economic and trade ties between the two neighboring states in line with interests of both nations.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has said in a phone call with his Indian counterpart that the Islamic Republic is ready to cooperate for shipping humanitarian aids from India to Afghanistan.

Following 20 years of occupation by the United States, Afghan people are facing different kinds of hardships and shortages. Afghanistan is still suffering from inadequate energy infrastructure to generate power for economic progress.

The war-ridden country generates only around 300 megawatts and spends 280 million dollars per annum to purchase power from neighboring states; however, nearly 65 percent of Afghan people do not have access to electricity.

Afghanistan Electricity Company (Breshna) announced that Tehran and Kabul have signed an agreement aimed at providing Afghanistan with 100 megawatts of electricity, which will be consumed in western provinces of the country.

Given the fact that the United States tries to turn Afghanistan into a hotbed for terrorist groups and wreak havoc in the region, cooperation between Kabul and Tehran can foil such plots.

The administration of President Ebrahim Raisi has declared that Tehran is determined to strengthen relationship with Kabul in order to prevent enemies' conspiracies and foil American destabilizing project in the region.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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