Trade with Iran to See a Boost
KABUL, Feb 20 (AP): Iran's vice president offered increased trade and investment on Thursday, saying Iranian businessmen are ready to pour funds into railroads, agriculture and infrastructure projects.
Parviz Davoudi was visiting with a delegation of government officials and private investors. Mr. Davoudi and President Karzai agreed to work to expand trade and business ties between the two countries, the president's office said in a statement.
The two countries share close cultural and linguistic ties.
"The priority of our foreign policy is strong social, economic, cultural and political relations with our neighbors," Davoudi told reporters after the meeting.
"Insecurity and instability of Afghanistan is our insecurity and instability, progress and development in Afghanistan is our progress and development," he added.
Davoudi said Iranian investors were particularly interested in helping build a railway running from Herat into Iran. President Karzai welcomed Davoudi's message and pledged to work with Iran to increase economic cooperation, the statement said.