Thursday, August 26, 2004

1st Iran-Afghanistan joint commission in Tehran

IranMania News: "1st Iran-Afghanistan joint commission in Tehran

LONDON, August 26 (IranMania) - Iran's Deputy Economy and Finance Minister Mohsen Safaei Farahani said in a meeting with Afghan Trade Minister Mostafa Kazemi in Kabul Wednesday that two countries 1st joint commission will be held in Tehran after Afghanistan's presidential elections, Iran's State News Agency (IRNA) reported.

He said that Afghanistan's economic and trade conditions are satisfactorily improving and that the establishment of the commission could lead to materializing bilateral economic cooperation.

Farahani added, "Iranian businessmen and merchants expect the Afghan officials to give permission to Iranian banks to operate in Afghanistan and to activate their own customs affairs in a way to ease commercial activities."

Establishment of Iranian banks' branches, facilitating for better land transportation, increasing flights between the two countries, and clarifying the Afghanistan custom's tariffs are the Iranian merchants' other demands in order to promote the level of economic cooperation with Afghanistan, said the the Iranian deputy minister.

He added, "Iran's private sector is fully ready for construction of a three thousand ton cement factory in Herat." Kazemi said that the Afghan government is trying to balance the situation for foreign investors including providing for entering the country more easily.

He said that Afghanistan needs to train its personnel in all government offices and the Persian language and Iranian culture are fully familiar for the Afghans, so Iran is the only country in the world that can help the Afghans in that regard."

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