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Afghans protest against banning Iranian products

Tehran, Hundreds of people staged rallies in Afghanistan's Farah Province on Monday and called for resuming imports of Iranian products.

Protestors requested the government to prosecute guilty officials instead of banning goods, according to a press release by Afghan media Pajhwok.

Afghanistan government banned the imports of oil products, steel bar, black cement, and tiles from Iran through Abu Nasr Farahi Port on Sunday.

Mohammad Anwar, a trader in Farah who was talking on behalf of other protestors, said that the government should provide facilities to people instead of creating problems for them with wrong decisions.

Protesters also threatened the government to block Farah highways to Herat and Kabul if the ban continues.

Head of Farah Provincial Council Farid Bakhtawar backed the protests, saying that he has enough evidence to prove the corruption of the authorities of the port and customs of Farah.

But, Head of Afghanistan-Iran Joint Chamber of Commerce Mozaffar Alikhani on Sunday rejected reports suggesting imposition of a ban on imports from Iran.

Alikhani stressed that such prohibitions are imposed to prevent violation of Customs' rules and it is not related to the US sanctions against Iran.

Head of foreign commercial office of Khorasan organization of industry, mine and trade Mohammad Ali Amir-Fakhrian also said on Monday that the ban is temporary and due to the detection of corrupt activities in Farah customs office.

Amir-Fakhrian added that the imports from Iran are underway through Afghan Dogharun and Nimruz border crossings.

Dogharun customs in Taibad town is in charge of nearly all the commodities transited to Afghanistan through Iran, he said.

The official added that Iran's ambassador and commercial attache to Afghanistan are following the case.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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