LONDON: Iran restarted its petrol and diesel exports to Afghanistan a few days ago, following a request from the Taliban, the Union of Iranian Oil, Gas and Gas Exporters announced on Monday. of petrochemicals.
The Sunni Muslim group seized power in Afghanistan last week as the United States and its allies withdrew their troops after a 20-year war.
Gasoline prices in Afghanistan hit $ 900 a tonne last week as many panicked Afghans left towns fearing retaliation and a return to a harsh version of Islamic law imposed by the Taliban when they were in power two decades ago.
To counter the surge in prices, the new Taliban government has asked Shia Iran to keep the borders open to traders.
“The Taliban sent messages to Iran saying ‘you can continue to export petroleum products’,” Hamid Hosseini, board member and spokesperson for the Iranian union in Tehran, told Reuters, adding that some Iranian traders had been cautious due to security concerns.
Iranian exports started a few days ago, after the Taliban cut tariffs on fuel imports from Iran by up to 70%, Hosseini added, showing an official document from the customs organization. Afghans.
The main Iranian exports to Afghanistan are gasoline and diesel. Iran exported around 400,000 tonnes of fuel to its neighbor from May 2020 to May 2021, according to a report released by PetroView, an Iranian oil and gas research and advisory platform.