Iran reopens Dogharoun border crossing with Afghanistan

Dogharoun border crossing, which is the main Iranian gateway to Afghanistan, reopened on Sunday less than 24 hours after it was temporarily shut down by the Iranian side, according to a provincial Road Maintenance and Transportation official.

25 April 2022
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Dogharoun border crossing, which is the main Iranian gateway to Afghanistan, reopened on Sunday less than 24 hours after it was temporarily shut down by the Iranian side, according to a provincial Road Maintenance and Transportation official.

Trucks are seen passing through Dogharoun Border Crossing between Iran and Afghanistan.

Dogharoun border crossing, which is the main Iranian gateway to Afghanistan, reopened on Sunday less than 24 hours after it was temporarily shut down by the Iranian side, according to a provincial Road Maintenance and Transportation official.

Morteza Mojarradi told IRNA that the border crossing was reopened on 13:30 local time following talks between border officials of the two countries.

He said that all the transit trucks and passengers are now commuting across the border via Dogharoun crossing.  

The closure came after reports suggested that Iranian border guards had entered the Afghan territory to stop the construction of a road that authorities said had not been coordinated with the Iranian side.

The map shows the main border crossings along the joint border between Iran and Afghanistan. 

Iranian president’s special envoy to Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Ghomi said that Iran had submitted a protest to the Taliban’s ministry of interior to inform the group that any construction project near the border needed the approval of a joint border committee.

Kazemi Ghomi rejected reports about clashes on the border between Iranian and Afghan forces and said that the Iranian border guards had intervened in the construction operation to prevent the violation of the frontier.

Dogharoun is the main trade gateway between Iran and Afghanistan. It has seen a surge in shipments crossing from Iran into Afghanistan in recent months.

Government figures show that Afghanistan has remained one of five main importers of Iranian goods even after the rise of the Taliban in August.

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