Developing trade ties with Afghanistan is Iran’s priority because the two countries are neighbors, Aminian said on Saturday, addressing the Working Group for Export Development and Council for Organizing Border Exchanges of Southern Khorasan Province.
“Afghanistan is Iran’s priority in our resistance economic policies as it is our neighbor and has a good share of our exported products,” he added.
He mentioned that Iran’s exports to the 28 European Union (EU) countries is only a third of what it exports to Afghanistan.
Aminian called on Iran’s private sector to play a more prominent role in exports to the country’s eastern neighbor.
He noted that Iran is active in establishing universities and vocational schools, agriculture and health tourism with Afghanistan.
The Iranian envoy stressed that Iranian businessmen should establish joint ventures in Afghanistan’s industrial estates to be later able to export to many other countries, including Europe.
Southern Khorasan’s Deputy Governor for Coordination of Economic Affairs Moshirolhaq Abedi urged better and faster connection between the Iranian and Afghan provinces, including Farah.
He added that Afghan Studies are being taught at the University of Birjand, the provincial capital.
Southern Khorasan shares 331 kilometers of land border with Afghanistan, according to the official.
Last month, it was announced that Iran’s export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Afghanistan from the border crossing of Doqaroon has increased by 4 times in the past 5 months since the start of the local calendar year on March 21
Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Iran’s northeast to neighboring Afghanistan quadrupled in the past five months, Doqaroon Customs Director General Mohammad Kuh Gerda said on September 03.
“So far 98,417 tons of LNG were exported to Afghanistan through Doqaroon border customs, showing a four-time rise in export of such product in compare to the corresponding period last year,” Kuh Gerd said.
Iran exported 44,929 tons of LNG to Afghanistan during the same period last year, he added.
10 trucks load Iran’s LNG at Doqaroon Customs each day, heading for Afghanistan, according to the official.
80% of the exported energy are made up of raffinate and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Kuh Gerd added, noting that 100% of Iran’s energy exports to Herat in Afghanistan through Doqaroon Customs.
145,113 tons of LNG was loaded onto trucks and dispatched to Afghanistan from Doqaroon Customs last Iranian calendar year, ending on March 20.
“Doqaroon Customs capacity is 350,000 tons of LNG exports, that’s why we have installed the most modern facilities there,” its director general stressed.
In August, a senior energy delegation from Iran visited Kabul, in a bid to further increase energy cooperation between the two countries and to further discuss power supply to Afghanistan.
Iran is the main energy supplier of Afghanistan, providing the poor neighboring country with electricity, oil, oil products and gas. Due to Kabul’s heavy dependence on energy supplies from Iran, the US is unable to affect the cross-border interactions and trade between the two countries.