Ties with Other Countries Not to Affect Relations with Iran: Afghan President

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai stressed his countries’ ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ties with Other Countries Not to Affect Relations with Iran: Afghan President

In a meeting with Iranian Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari on Monday night, Ghani said Afghanistan’s relations with other countries will not affect its relations with Iran.

He underlined that Afghanistan’s territory will never be used against another country.

The new Afghan president further thanked the Iranian vice president for attending his inauguration ceremony.

He also appreciated Tehran’s move to facilitate it for Afghan refugees to pursue their education in Iran.

Shariatmadari in this meeting conveyed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s congratulations to Ghani for his inauguration.

He highlighted the good and constructive ties between the two countries in the past 13 years and said Iran wishes stability and strength for Afghanistan.

Shariatmadari represented Iran in Ghani’s inauguration ceremony held Monday at Afghanistan’s presidential palace in Kabul.

Ghani succeeded President Hamid Karzai after a three-month standoff over disputed election results that fuelled tensions with local leaders and worsened Afghanistan's dire economic outlook.

On September 21, Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah, signed a deal to share power in a unity government.

Shortly after the deal was signed, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) declared Ghani as the winner of country’s disputed presidential vote.

Following the development, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Ahmadzai as the new Afghan president, and expressed Tehran’s satisfaction with the formation of a national unity government in the neighboring Afghanistan.

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