Kabul-Tehran trade not affected by sanctions: Official

Kabul, Aug 8, IRNA – The rising trend of Iran-Afghanistan trade that has began since 2001 will probably continue incessantly without being affected by the US sanctions, an Afghan trade official said.

Trade between Iran and Afghanistan established some 20 years ago with 24 million dollars a year, and the figure has reached 2.557 billion dollars now, Head of Afghanistan chamber of commerce and industry Azarakhsh Hafezi told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Wednesday.

The bilateral trade is not much vulnerable due to the long common border and the numerous ground access between the two countries, he said.

That's why the issues related to the nuclear deal will not affect the ties directly, however, it may affect the high number of Afghan migrants working and living in Iran, Hafezi said in a reference to some problems such as unemployment.

The Afghan business people are interested in dealing with their Iranian counterparts for the ease of trade exchange and good infrastructure particularly in terms of security.

It is expected that Iran will be the first trading partner of Afghanistan in the near future.

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