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Iran calls Afghanistan strategic market for Iranian traders

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: An Iranian official has called Afghanistan as a strategic market for the Iranian businessmen.

Deputy Mines, Industries and Trade Minister Mojtaba Khosrotaj on Monday pointed to Iran’s upcoming exclusive exhibition in Kabul, saying that such exhibitions were venues to hold dialogues with other countries and introduce the Islamic Republic’s capabilities in various economic areas.

Iran plans to launch a commercial exhibition in Kabul on March 1st this year which will last until March 4th.

“The presence of numerous Afghans in Iran and their familiarity with the Iranian culture and products make them better marketing individuals for the products in Afghanistan than anyone else,” Khosrotaj has said.

“Although Afghanistan is not considered a new market, the presence in this market is strategic for Iran because we can have economic activities there in the long term,” Iranian deputy minister has declared.

Iran and Afghanistan signed two cooperation agreements in April last year as part of efforts to boost relations between the two neighbors in different sections.

In a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, high-ranking officials from the two countries singed the documents.

In 2009, Iran was one of the largest investors in Afghanistan mainly in the construction of roads and bridges as well as agriculture and health care.

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