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Iran wants increased energy trade with Afghanistan

Christian Fernsby |
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said that Iran is capable of boosting its electricity exports to Afghanistan.

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Ardakanian said that Iran intends to expand its energy cooperation with Afghanistan in various areas including long-term electricity- o meet the needs of the Afghan electricity industry, among other areas.

Mentioning his recent visit to Afghanistan, Ardakanian reported that the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding for the expansion of cooperation in several areas.

According to the MOU, signed on August 18, the two sides are going to collaborate in several areas including the reconstruction and repair of Afghanistan’s worn-out transmission equipment, construction of the Zaranj electricity transmission line, and synchronization of the two countries' networks.

“The contract for Iran’s electricity exports to Afghanistan was also extended for another year,” Ardakanian said.

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