EghtesadOnline: South Khorasan Province of Iran and Farah Province of Afghanistan have signed a memorandum of understanding on joint economic, cultural and security cooperation.
The document was signed in the northeastern provincial capital city of Birjand by Iran’s South Khorasan Governor General Mohammad Mehdi Moravej al-Shari’eh and Farah Province Governor Abdulbasir Salangi, the official Afghan news agency Bakhtar reported on Wednesday.
Based on the MoU, both sides agreed to hold three commissions for cooperation on economic, cultural and social, as well as security and border activities.
Setting up a joint chamber of commerce between Farah and South Khorasan, establishing a joint trade chamber between the two provinces and holding joint meetings to follow up issues of mutual interest were among the most important issues, Financial Tribune reported.
The MoU also focused on issues related to facilitating tourism, offering IT products, extending the working hours of customs offices and taking advantage of transit and transportation capacities.
The Iranian governor noted that besides economic issues, scientific, cultural, academic and tourism cooperation are also among private sector responsibilities that should be taken into account.
Salangi appreciated South Khorasan hospitality, saying the capacities of the Iranian province will help develop commercial ties between Iran and Afghanistan.
“The MoU will help facilitate trade and cultural exchanges between the two sides,” he added.