Afghanistan And Iran Agree To Open Border

Tehran, January 26, 2005 – H.E. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and visiting President, H.E. Hamid Karzai, today agreed to open the Doqaran-Herat highway that will link the two countries.

The opening of the highway is expected to boost trade between Iran and Afghanistan. H.E. President Khatami said it would encourage travel by business executives the two nations.

The two presidents were scheduled to go the Afghan-Iranian border tomorrow to inaugurate the 122-kilometer road.

Currently, there are four border crossings between the two countries but the Doqaran is the only one with an operating customs office.

H.E. President Karzai was also due to meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei before he returns to Afghanistan tomorrow.