Spokesman: Iran, Afghanistan to sign multilateral pact soon

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Afghanistan plan to sign a new multilateral agreement in the near future, a senior Afghan official announced on Sunday.

“Tehran and Kabul are going to sign a security, economic, cultural and political agreement soon,” Afghan Foreign Ministry Spokesman Janan Mosazai said.

He underlined that the relations between Iran and Afghanistan have considerably improved in the past 10 years and President Hamid Karzai’s recent visit to Iran has further consolidated the two countries’ relations.

Karzai had a daylong visit to Iran last week. The Afghan president met with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. At the end of the meeting, the two presidents issued a joint statement assigning their foreign ministers to prepare a comprehensive cooperation and friendship pact.

The agreement is due to ensure the long-term interests of Iran and Afghanistan with respect to the regional peace and security.

During his one-day stay, the Afghan president also met with a number of senior Iranian officials on the ways to expand the bilateral ties between Tehran and Kabul, and discussed the latest developments in the region.

Iran is one of the most important donors to Afghanistan, which has kept its promises to help to the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.

Iran has built several roads, power transmission lines, border stations and many other infrastructure projects to better link the two nations.

Iran has also contributed more than $50 million annually to Afghan anti-narcotics efforts during the last five years.

Tehran has repeatedly called for a withdrawal of the US-led foreign troops from Afghanistan, stressing that establishment of peace and security in the war-ravaged country is possible only through cooperation among the regional states.

By Fars News Agency


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