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Talks between Iran, Afghan Taliban to continue: Shamkhani

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed / 26 December 2018 / 14:07

Tehran (ISNA) - Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani held talks with Hamdullah Moheb, the National Security Adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, discussing bilateral, regional and international issues.

Heading a high-ranking security, military and politival delegation, Ali Shamkhani arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for a one-day visit.

During the meeting, Ali Shamkhani stressed that advisory mechanisms between Iranian and Afghan national security institutes should become more active to achieve goals and agreements between the two countries.

Mentioning to the underway negotiations between Iran and Afghan Taliban in order to help addressing the security challenges in Afghanistan, Shamkhani said, "The Afghan government has been informed of the communications and talks carried out with the Taliban, and the process will continue".

Referring to the constructive agreements reached at the first "Regional Security Dialogue" among national security secretaries and advisers of Iran, China, Afghanistan, India and Russia, the official noted, "Creating mechanisms based on continuous dialogue and active participation of regional countries in the security processes can ensure the sustainable stability and development for the nations of the region".

The first round of "Regional Security Dialogue" was held in Tehran.

Shamkhani voiced support for the holding of the second regional meeting in Kabul, expressing hope that the participation of effective countries in the meeting would lead to more unity and cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

The Iranian official further warned of the serious threat of spread of the ISIL terrorist group in Afghanistan, stressing the need for practical measures to counter the ominous plot sponsored by the US and regional reactionary regimes.

Shamkhani also emphasized the need to strengthen and increase the number of border posts to ensure security along the Iran-Afghanistan common border.

He further voiced Iran's readiness for scientific cooperation with Afghanistan and for the transfer of technology to assist in the development of the neighboring state.

Moheb, for his part, described Iran as one of the main pillars of security in the region, voicing confidence that joint cooperation between Tehran and Kabul would greatly contribute to the resolution of the current security issues in Afghanistan.

The Afghan national security advisor further hoped that Shamkhani's visit would facilitate the finalization of political, defense, security and economic documents of cooperation, preparing them to be signed by the presidents of the two countries.

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