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Iran to sell Afghanistan 300,000 tonnes of fuel

Iran to sell Afghanistan 300,000 tonnes of fuel

Jun 09, 2011 - 19:15

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Iran has agreed to export 300,000 tonnes of fuel to landlocked Afghanistaninfo-icon, the minister of commerce and industries said on Thursday. 

Anwarul Haq Ahadi, who returned from a visit to Tehran on Wednesday night, said the agreement was reached at his meeting with Iranian Oil Minister Mohammad Ali Khatibi.

The neighbouring country would complete the fuel exports -- 70 percent of them diesel -- over the next six months, Ahadi told reporters in Kabul. Afghanistan would pay a higher price than the international market, he said, without elaborating on the extra payment.

A final decision on implementing the pact would be taken in a fortnight, the minister said, explaining that shipments would start 21 days after the signing of the agreement, which says the exports are meant only for civilian consumption.

Afghanistan, which needs 3.1 million tonnes of fuel annually, has also held talks with Turkmenistan. However, Ahadi said, a deal had not been inked as yet.

Similar negotiations are planned with Russia and Kazakhstan to fulfill Afghanistan's fuel requirements, according to the minister.


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