04 July 2020

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Thursday July 2, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan has sent 39 containers with a total capacity of 76 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) to India through Iran’s southeastern Chabahar port, IRIB reported, quoting Behrouz Aghaei, the director general of Sistan-Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Department.
According to Aghaei, 30 refrigerated containers and nine conventional ones (a total of 76 TEUs) were shipped from Chabahar port on Tuesday heading for the Indian ports of Mandra and Nhava Sheva.
In 2016, Iran, India, and Afghanistan decided to jointly establish a trade route for land-locked Central Asian countries.
India sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through Iran’s Chabahar Port back in 2017.
Later on, Afghanistan officially started exporting goods to India through Chabahar port in a ceremony held in early February 2019.
The event was attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, along with Iranian Ambassador to Kabul Mohammadreza Bahrami and Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar.
In November 2019, Afghanistan Ambassador to Tehran Abdul Ghafoor Liwal said his country was planning to increase commodity transit through Iranian Chabahar Port.
“Chabahar is an economic and a transit bridge for Afghanistan and we are going to expand our economic relations through increasing exports and imports through Chabahar,” he said.
Earlier this week, Head of Iran-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce Hossein Salimi announced that the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has approved Afghanistan’s Ghazanfar Bank to open a branch in southeastern Chabahar Port for facilitating trade activities in the port.
As Iran's only oceanic port, Chabahar consists of two separate ports named Shahid Kalantari and Shahid Beheshti, each of which has five berths.
Iran has awarded the development project of this port to India, and the South Asian country committed $500 million to build two new berths in this port.
India has doubled the allocated funding for the development of the port in its national budget bill for 2020.
Tehrantimes

Wednesday July 1, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Iranian minister of road Mohammad Eslami announced on Tuesday that Iran and Afghanistan are to get connected through railway within the next few months.
The minister described that the Khaf-Herat railway project will connect the railways of Iran and Afghanistan together.
Completing this section is aimed at accelerating the development of economic relations between the two countries, he added.
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian previously informed that the third section of the Khaf-Herat railway project which connects the rail networks of Iran and Afghanistan will come on stream in the third quarter of the current Iranian calendar year (September 22-December 20).
Khaf-Herat is part of the Iran-Afghanistan rail corridor. The project started in the fiscal year of 2007-2008, connects Iran’s eastern city of Khaf to Afghanistan’s western city of Ghoryan.
The 132-km project is divided into three major sections, 77 kilometers of which is inside Iranian territory and 62 kilometers is in Afghanistan territory.
Mehrnews

Thursday June 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan has allowed international airlines to operate flights to and from the country from yesterday with special precautions after a suspension of three months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement that the Turkish Airlines resumed flights on Wednesday, 24th of June. According to the statement, Emirates Airlines will resume flights to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airports by today, 25th of June.
“All passengers holding visas and residents permit for Turkey, UAE, European countries and the US can take international flights from tomorrow (today),” the Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday. Meanwhile, domestic airlines – Ariana and Kam Air – have also resumed international flights, the organization added. It comes as flights to/from most of the countries around the globe include
ng Afghanistan were halted due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19. Recently, with a decline in the spread of the virus, some countries have gradually resumed their flights.
Yarzada

 

Thursday June 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Deputy Head of Commerce of Sistan and Baluchestan Industry, Mining and Trade Office announced the export of more than 181 million dollar worth of goods from the customs and border markets of this province to Afghanistan.
Mohammad Rafi Soltanzadeh said on Wednesday that the total exports from customs and border markets of Sistan-Baluchestan to Afghanistan in the first two months of the current Iranian year (started March 20, 2020) compared to the same period last year increased by 56 percent.
The official stated that the number of exports through the customs of Sistan-Baluchestan to Afghanistan during this period with over $114 million and exports through the markets of this province was over $67 million.
The Deputy Head of Commerce of Sistan-Baluchestan Industry, Mining, and Trade Office said that construction materials (cement), apple trees, tiles, and ceramics are among the items exported to the country.
According to IRNA, Sistan,-Baluchestan, due to its special geographical location, has created special conditions for Iran and regional countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan to play a role in regional and trans-regional exchanges.
Sistan-Baluchestan, located in southeastern Islamic Iran, has about 1,600 kilometers, or one-sixth of the total borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Oman Sea.
The length of the province's land borders with Afghanistan is about 300 km, which is equivalent to one-third of Iran's total border with Afghanistan, and the length of the province's joint land borders with Pakistan is 921 km, which is the total joint border between Iran and Pakistan.
The length of the province's water borders on the shores of the Oman Sea is 370 km.
Irna

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