Iran’s envoy said his country would work with Afghanistan to find solutions to the Chabahar challenges.
Iran-Afghanistan To Resolve Chabahar Problems
Iranian ambassador to Kabul Mohammad Reza Bahrami said in an interview with TOLOnews that Iran and Afghanistan governments will work together to resolve problems around Chabahar Port.
Among the problems is the lack of a standard banking system that limits work and development in the port.
Bahrami said in order to overcome these challenges, Iran and Afghanistan will work together to find appropriate solutions.
According to Bahrami, sanctions in place against Iran by some countries that affect Iran-Afghanistan relations should be removed.
“Those limitations that affect Iran-Afghanistan ties and have been imposed on Iran, should be removed,” said Bahrami.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) meanwhile said US sanctions against Iran have slowed down the work process at Chabahar and Iran wants these limitations removed by gaining support from other countries.
ACCI’s international relations department head Azarakhsh Hafizi said currently the world’s financial systems will not even allow the transfer of $500 million USD that India wants to invest in Chabahar.
“Although we can send suggestions to our international partners, we are not sure that such issues against Iran will be resolved. Because these decisions are made by the big countries,” said Hafizi.
Chabahar is the closest sea port to landlocked Afghanistan. Despite Afghanistan and India’s accelerated efforts to develop the port, ACCI said the west’s sanctions against Iran has resulted in the shortage of necessary infrastructure and services at the port.