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Afghan official: Iran plays significant role in reconstruction of Afghanistan

Visiting Afghan First Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Monetary Mohammad Sharif said in Arak on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is playing very significant role in reconstruction of the war-shattered country, IRNA reported.

Taking part in a joint meeting with Arak chamber of commerce, mines and metals, he said during the past 27 years, civil war and rampant drought in the country, completely destroyed infrastructure of Afghanistan.

Afghan constitution has envisaged foreign investment and commerce, he said adding that the time is now ripe for Iranian businessmen who enjoy common culture, religion and language.

Afghan people welcome Iranian made products, he said adding that the Afghan officials are willing to benefit from Iran`s science, technological know-how and experience in various fields.

Head of Iran-Afghanistan Trade Center Mohammad al-Hadi Farhang, who also attended the meeting, said Arak as an industrial hub in the Islamic Republic of Iran can play crucial role in removing the shortcomings in our country, he said.

To meet the demand of Afghan people, it is necessary to set up a permanent trade fair in Afghanistan to demonstrate the province potentials at various economic sectors.

To speed up mutual economic cooperation, a trade office should be established in Kabul, he said adding that the Afghan officials are ready to welcome the idea.

A nine clause memorandum of understanding (MoU) were signed in the meeting on setting up permanent trade fair and a trade office in Afghanistan.

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