Afghan Minister, Iranian Official Discuss Security in Afghanistan, Bilateral Ties

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour and Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmed Moqbel Osmani in a meeting conferred on the latest security conditions in Afghanistan and the two neighboring countries’ relations.

During the meeting held on Wednesday, Osmani lauded Tehran’s efforts to restore peace in Afghanistan.

He also underlined the necessity for the expansion of bilateral relations between Tehran and Kabul.

The Iranian diplomat, too, said the expansion of relations with neighboring states, Afghanistan in particular, is top on the agenda of Iran’s foreign policy, and added that the establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan is a major concern for Tehran.

Rahimpour also underlined Iran’s preparedness to help establish sustainable development and security in the war-torn country.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in August, stressed that Tehran and Kabul share a lot of common ground, and called for expansion of bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries.

In a message to his former Afghan counterpart Zalmay Rassoul at the time, Zarif highlighted the ample opportunity for enhancement of Iran-Afghanistan relations with regard to the two nations’ commonalities in religious and cultural arenas.

On August 5, senior national security officials from Iran and Afghanistan signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Tehran.

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