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Ghani Stresses Importance of Joining Iran’s Railway Network

Ghani Stresses Importance of Joining Iran’s Railway Network

TEHRAN - President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani underlined that his country's Herat province can become a hub for regional transit via Khaf-Herat and China-Haritan railways.
"One million tons of cement will be imported to Afghanistan from Iran via Khaf-Herat railroad at the first stage," the Afghan president said while visiting Herat province.
He pointed to the railway network from the Eastern region of Khaf in Iran to western Herat province of Afghanistan as well as the China railway to Hairtan port located in North of the landlocked country, and said, "The region will witness economic boom."
Iranian and Afghan nations enjoy lots of historical and cultural commonalities. The two countries have high-level political and economic ties.
Afghanistan has been main export destination for Iranian commodities and products for several years.
In relevant remarks in mid-May, a senior Afghan official declared that Tehran and Kabul have doubled their trade volume in a three-year time.
"The level of trade exchanges between Iran and Afghanistan reached $2 billion over the past year Iranian Calendar (starting at March 21, 2016)," Spokesman for Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries Musafer Qoqandi said.
He reiterated that there has been a considerable boost in Tehran-Kabul economic relations over past three years, specially after the nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers.
"This shows a twofold rise in the volume of trade exchanges between the two neighboring nations," Qoqandi added.
He reiterated that Iran and Afghanistan have also expanded their relations in other areas in  the past three years, and said, "Construction of Khaf-Herat railway project is an example." (FNA)