WELT – Afghanistan zwischen Iran und dem Westen
von Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, Kolumnist für WELT DEBATTE – 17.08.2007 – 13.37 Uhr
Auf dem Weg nach Schanghai besuchte der iranische Präsident die afghanische Hauptstadt Kabul. Die wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit beider Länder soll vertieft werden. Der Iran versucht seinen Einfluss in Afghanistan zu stärken und die westliche Position zu schwächen.
Wie die afghanische Nachrichtenagentur Pajhwok berichtete, haben der iranische Präsident Ahmadinejad und der afghanische Präsident Karzai ein 6 Punkte Memorandum unterzeichnet. Die iranische Regierung will den Afghanen beim Aufbau von afghanischen Institutionen in der Landwirtschaft und bei der Ausbildung von Veterinärmedizinern helfen. Zudem wird der Iran beim Bau einer Straße von 110 km Länge helfen. Weiterhin will der Iran u.a. in Wasseraufbereitungs anlagen investieren und beim Aufbau der medizinischen Fakultät der Kabuler Universität helfen.
Iran hat nackte wirtschaftliche Interessen am afghanischen Markt. Präsident Ahmadinejad knüpft an die außenpolitische Initiative seines Vorgängers, Mohammad Khatami, an und setzt auf regionale Verbündete und iranische Exportvorteile. Die deutsche Bundesagentur für Außenwirtschaft, bfai, meldete schon im April diesen Jahres, dass der Iran vorhat, Afghanistan verstärkt beim Wiederaufbau zu unterstützen. Iran lieferte allein zwischen März 2005 bis März 2006 Waren im Wert von 232 Mio. US-Dollar nach Afghanistan. Der iranische Ölexport ist in diesem Betrag nicht enthalten. IRNA meldete, dass die iranischen Exporte nach Afghanistan im letzten Jahr um 300 Mio. Dollar betragen haben, dagegen betragen die Importe aus Afghanistan lediglich drei Mio. Dollar.
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