Iran plans to provide Afghanistan with gasoline

Dec 23, 2009 01:00 AM

Iran plans to set up a gas station in its border with Afghanistan to provide Afghans with gasoline, an Iranian official says.
Ali-Mohammad Azad, the governor general of Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan Province, says the move is aimed at tackling the problem of fuel smuggling into Afghanistan.

Preparing the ground for delivering fuel in the joint border in a legal way would ward off many problems, he said.
Azad noted that gasoline will be sold to Afghans in "free prices" in Gorgori border region near Hirmand town.

Fuel smuggling into neighbouring countries has become a lucrative business for smugglers in Iran due to low prices of gasoline and gas oil (diesel) in the country.
While the Iranian government is spending billions of dollars on imported fuel, a large portion of it is being smuggled out of the country every day.

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