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Iran modernizes Afghanistan's 'Bamian' airport

Kabul, July 12, IRNA-Head of Afghanistan Province airport said in Kabul on Monday that Iran has provided the central Afghan city of 'Bamian' with weather-related instruments.

Ghertanali told IRNA that the equipment valued at dlrs 60,000 were installed by Iranian road and transportation ministry officials.

He added that the equipment are useful in facilitating the landing of airplanes in Bamian. Before the Bamian airport could not relay weather information to pilots intending to land at the airport.

Bamian has the highest altitude among Afghan cities and was the cite of giant Buddha statues attracting the most number of tourists in the country.

50 Iranian trade and service companies are currently active in Afghanistan.

The companies are involved in production of potable water, medicine, polyethylene pipe, electrical switches, concrete, computer and liquid gas cylinder filling device as well as wood industry, construction of houses and restaurants and establishment of dental clinics.

Among 35 countries investing in Afghanistan, Iran stands fourth.

The two countries have been enjoying constant trade exchanges for a long time, with the exception of a short period during the Taliban rule.

Since the present government took office in Afghanistan after two decades of detrimental conflicts, measures are being taken towards political stability and development of national economy.

Volume of Iran-Afghanistan transactions has reached dlrs 260 million a year.

Announcing this, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Safdar Hosseini told reporters in March on the sidelines of ceremonies to ink the document of the first Tehran-Kabul Economic Commission meeting that the agreement will pave the way for further increase in trade transactions between the two countries.

Hosseini said Iran had, following the establishment of new government in Afghanistan, granted the country dlrs 500 million, adding that a headquarters has been set up, operating under the supervision of Iran's first vice president, to expedite the implementation of development and reconstruction projects by the Afghan government.

He said the establishment of the Dogharun-Herat road and Milak bridge, the power, irrigation, agricultural and telecommunications projects, as well as technical and vocational training are among the projects implemented in cooperation with the Afghans.

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