KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia has confirmed the tentative approval of a major trade deal with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA).
As part of the agreement, Russia will supply fuel, gasoline, liquefied natural gas and wheat to energy-deficient Afghanistan, which is also facing food insecurity.
The accord grain had been sanctioned tentatively, with details still being discussed by the two sides, a top Russian diplomat said on Wednesday.
Sputnik quoted President Vladimir Putin’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov as saying: “Yes, [the deal is tentatively approved].”
Also on Wednesday, Minister of Commerce and Industry Nooruddin Azizi announced a deal had been inked with Russia to supply diesel, gas and wheat to Afghanistan.
In an interview, Nooruddin Azizi said Russia had offered the Islamic Emirate a markdown to average international commodity rates.
Under the provisional agreement, he told Reuters, Russia would supply Afghanistan about 1 million metric tons of gasoline, 1 million metric tons of diesel, 500,000 metric tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and 2 million metric tons of wheat annually.