TEHRAN - Iran's Ambassador to Kabul Fada Hossein Maleki says the volume of the Islamic Republic's annual exports to Afghanistan has hit USD 1.3 billion, reported Press TV with reference to IRNA.
"The volume of Iran's exports to Afghanistan has increased from USD 300 million to USD 1.3 billion a year," Maleki told IRNA on Monday.
The Iranian envoy added that food products and goods in families' consumption baskets are the main items exported from Iran to its eastern neighbor.
He went on to say that Iranian companies are active in industrial, mining, infrastructure, irrigation and dam construction projects in Afghanistan.
The Iranian ambassador also accused certain Western states of seeking to obstruct Tehran-Kabul ties.
Earlier, Director of Marketing and Business Relations for Iran's Trade Promotion Organization Reza Tofiqhi said that Iran's exports to Afghanistan showed a 20 percent increase in the past Iranian calendar year compared to the year before.
He stated that the country's trade volume of exports to Afghanistan is expected to reach USD 2 billion in the current Iranian calendar year.
Afghanistan has been ravaged by years of US-led occupation and war that have crippled its economy and aggravated living conditions in the Asian country.
Since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have reportedly lost their lives as a consequence of displacement, starvation, lack of medical treatment, crimes and lawlessness resulting from the war. (IRNA)