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Iran, Afghanistan review expansion of relations

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Kabul, Feb 19, IRNA - Visiting Iranian First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi conferred on Thursday with his Afghan counterpart Ahmad Zia Masud on expansion of mutual relations as well as regional and global developments.

At the meeting, Davoudi thanked for the hospitality accorded to him by Afghan officials and described the Afghan nation as very zealous and hard working.

The Afghan nation has defended their independence and territorial integrity of the country vigorously, he said, adding that deep-rooted historical and religious commonalties have helped the two sides broaden all-out cooperation and relations.

Referring to the suffering and pains of the Afghan nation as a result of the presence of aliens in the country, Davoudi said their presence not only did not help resolve the issues of terrorism and drug trafficking but on the contrary left devastating effects on the people as well as other countries of the region.

The Islamic Republic of Iran spares no efforts to help implement development projects in Afghanistan, he said, adding that Iran believes that Afghanistan’s development would lead to economic prosperity and help maintain Iran’s security more than before.

Certain countries are concerned about expansion of ties between Iran and Afghanistan, he said, adding that but they should realize that ties between the two sides are very consolidated and no one can harm them.

Iran’s remarkable achievements and development do not merely belong to the country, but the whole nations of the region including Afghanistan, he said.

Referring to drug trafficking in Afghanistan, he said Iran has suffered a lot due to cultivation and smuggling of drugs from Afghanistan.

The Iranian official also called for expansion of cooperation in implementing joint projects in various fields.

Implementation of such projects would be to the benefit of both nations as well as other countries of the region, Davoudi said.

The Afghan first vice president, for his part, called for promotion of mutual cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking which has inflicted heavy losses on both nations.

He also thanked Iran for its assistance in reconstruction of Afghanistan and said “We sincerely appreciate the efforts and support of the Iranian nation and government to this effect.”

Given Iran’s remarkable development and success in various political, social, economy, technical and engineering fields, he called for utilization of Iran’s invaluable experiences in various fields.

Davoudi, currently here on an official day-long visit in Afghanistan is to confer with the country’s officials on expansion of mutual cooperation and review regional developments.

Davoudi arrived in Kabul at the head of a high-ranking political, economic and cultural delegation at the invitation of his Afghan counterpart Ahmad Zia Masud.

Iran has so far spent 300 million dollars on Afghanistan’s development projects including road construction, electricity, education, health and infrastructural services.

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