Iran announced today that it is lifting all restrictions on fuel trucks entering into Afghanistan. The partial blockade of trucks carrying fuel into Afghanistan started in mid-December and resulted in serious fuel shortage in the country. The Iranian action provoked angry demonstrations in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul and its consulate general in Herat, and two weeks ago the Afghan Chamber of Commerce issues a resolution calling on Afghan businesses to stop purchasing Iranian goods and services. Last week Afghanistan started to import millions of tons of fuel from Pakistan to ease the fuel shortage and bring down gasoline prices in the country.
The Iranian government had said its actions were designed to prevent the delivery of fuel to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, although it never explained why the action came nearly ten years after the NATO troops entered the country. The government also did not specify why it now believed that the fuel was not going to be delivered to NATO forces.
The lifting of the restriction by Iran announced today should bring normalcy to trade and business ties between the two neighbors.