New border crossing to facilitate Afghanistan-Iran trade

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: A new border crossing is due to be established along the Iranian border with Afghanistan to ease trade between the two neighboring countries, an official said.

Deputy Governor-General of Khorassan Razavi Province of Iran, Ali Rasoulian said that Shamtigh border crossing is the place where Khaf-Herat railway is going to pass into Afghanistan.

“The new border crossing is under study,” Rasoulian said, as quoted by Iranian media, adding that once inaugurated, it will have many economic advantages for the province. He informed of opening the project within the next two months.

“The new railway will not only decrease the transit costs but will also help facilitate the commuting of trucks which have to line up at Dogharoun border,” the official said.

In relevant remarks in August, Deputy Ministry of Iran’s Roads and Urban Development Amir Mahmoud Ghaffari said that Khaf-Herat Railway project would come on stream within two and a half months with presidents of Iran and Afghanistan as well as other top officials of the two countries in attendance. He underlined the strategic significance of this railway both in the region and the world.

The railway is important both for internal transportation and passenger transport, Ghaffari noted, adding that it is very important in terms of connecting Afghanistan to free waters and even European countries.

“On the other hand, transportation and transit of cargo and goods to Afghanistan and then to East Asian countries is considered very important for Iran,” the official went on to say.

Khaf-Herat is part of 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.

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