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Iran Eyes Tripling Flights to Afghanistan

The Head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) said the country has offered to triple the number of weekly flights to neighboring Afghanistan. According to Ali Abedzadeh, there are now nine direct flights a week between Iran and Afghanistan. Highlighting the need for more flights between the two neighbors, the official said Iran has proposed […]

Afghanistan wants Chabahar Port Exempted from Sanctions

Afghanistan Wants Iran’s Chabahar Port Exempted from US Sanctions An Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperson called on the US administration to exempt Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar from a new wave of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. In comments on Saturday, Sebghatullah Ahmadi, head of the press department at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, […]

Iran now Afghanistan’s biggest Trade Partner

By John Lee. Iran was reported to be Afghanistan’s biggest trade partner in the year to 21 March 2018. The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) deputy chief Khan Jan Alokozay told TOLOnews that Afghanistan exported goods to the value of $1.98 billion in the period, surpassing Pakistan. (Source: TOLOnews)

Call for Soft Power to head off Water Crises

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranians call for soft power now to head off future water crises A senior military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Feb. 27 for talks with Iraq and Afghanistan on water resources. At a two-day […]

165 Afghan Firms to Work at Chabahar Port

The government of Iran has issued licenses to 165 Afghan companies to invest and operate in the country’s strategic port of Chabahar that is on a course to open a transport corridor to landlocked Central Asian nations. “Among the 500 companies licensed to operate in the free trade zone of Chabahar Port, 165 of them […]

Iran Eyes Turkish Investment in Oil, Gas Industry

Iran’s Parliament speaker voiced the country’s willingness to attract investment from Turkey in the oil and gas industry, saying economic activists from the neighboring state could also seize the opportunities available in Iran’s railroad and aviation sectors. In a meeting with his Turkish counterpart on the sidelines of a counterterrorism conference in Islamabad on Monday, […]

Indian Wheat Reaches Afghanistan via Iranian Port

Afghanistan has received an inaugural consignment of wheat from India through Iran’s strategic port of Chabahar, opening a new trade and transit route for the landlocked nation that bypasses neighboring Pakistan, a report said. The shipment of almost 15,000 tons of wheat dispatched from India’s western port of Kandla on October 29 reached the Iranian […]

68 Tons of Illicit Drugs Seized in SE Iran in 6 Months

Iran’s anti-narcotics police forces have managed to capture 68 tons of illicit drugs in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan during a six-month period, the provincial police chief announced on Monday. Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Brigadier General Mohammad Qanbari said during the first six months of the current Iranian year (which began […]

Iran Ready for Free Trade with Regional Countries

Head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) Mojtaba Khosrotaj said the Islamic Republic is prepared to establish preferential tariffs and free trade with some regional countries, particularly Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Oman. Speaking at a meeting of a working group on the development of non-oil exports of the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, Khosrotaj underlined […]

Trump’s Options on the Nuclear Deal with Iran

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. While President Donald Trump’s State Department has twice now certified Iranian compliance with the July 2015 nuclear deal, there are indications that Trump is intent on scuttling his predecessor’s signature foreign policy achievement. However, […]

MPs to Examine Water Supply Problems

MPs to Examine Water Supply Problems Created by Neighbors Iranian lawmakers plan to establish “the water security committee” to examine the issue of building dams on rivers flowing into Iran by some neighboring countries, a member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced. Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Abolfazl Hassanbeigi said […]

Iran to Receive €10m in Humanitarian Aid from EU

By John Lee. The European Union (EU) has said it will “sustain and expand its support” in Iran. In a statement, the EU said humanitarian organisations working in Iran will receive close to €10 million to help them complement efforts to provide for the basic needs of Afghan refugees and their families, with emphasis on […]

Iran Bans Scrap Metal Imports from Iraq

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly banned the import of scrap metal from Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a report from Platts, the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) requested the ban due to fears that consignments could be contaminated with radioactive material or chemicals, and that they may contain unexploded munitions. It adds that […]

India Seeking Rail Link with Iran, Turkey

Indian Railways is considering the possibility of building a transcontinental rail freight service that would connect India with Iran and Turkey, a report said. The ambitious plan is expected to be a real boon to the Asia Pacific region’s people and business, India’s Business Today website reported. It is expected to bring about a major boost […]

Japan Donates $6.9m to Iranian Projects

The Government of Japan has allocated $6.9 million to five projects in Iran. The assistance, aimed at building a “tolerant and stable society” in the region, will go to the following projects over the next five years: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): $1 million towards the restoration of Lake Urmia “via local community participation in […]

Iran near Bottom in “Passport Power”

By John Lee. Iran has been rated joint-tenth-from-the-bottom of the list in a ranking of the ‘passport power’ of 199 countries around the world. The list, compiled by passportindex.org, ranked passports by their ability to allow persons to travel visa-free to other destinations. Top of the list was Germany, followed by Sweden and Singapore, while […]

$500m Allotted to Iran Border Province Development

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has issued an order to withdraw a sum of $500 million from the country’s sovereign wealth fund for development projects in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan. Speaking on the sidelines of a military event on Monday, Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani unveiled plans […]

How Trump can deal with Iran-GCC Conflict

While many aspects of President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy beliefs were murky on the campaign trail, one overarching theme stood out: that the United States has done far too much to underwrite free-riding allies the world over. “Our allies must contribute toward the financial, political and human costs of our tremendous security burden,” Trump declared […]

Economic Development of Iran-Afghanistan Border Areas

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani called for efforts to tackle poverty in the underdeveloped regions along common border with Afghanistan as a highly effective way to avert terrorist activities and ensure security of both nations. Economic boom in the border areas and welfare services for the local residents will prevent […]

India Sets Sight on Develpoment of Iranian Oil Field

The Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has made a bid to operate an Iranian oil field in the Persian Gulf, a report said. According to a report carried by the Economic Times, IOC, India’s largest oil company, is seeking to operate and produce crude oil from the Iranian field in an attempt to promote the South […]