Nat’l security advisor: Afghanistan prioritizes broadening of ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Tuesday underlined that expansion of ties with Iran tops Kabul’s agenda.

“The national unity government in Afghanistan prioritizes deepening of relations with Iran at all bilateral and multilateral levels …,” Hanif Atmar said during the meeting.

The Afghan national security advisor appreciated Iran for its supports during the difficult times for Afghanistan, and said, “We well never forget the kindness of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Hanif Atmar invited the Iranian foreign minister to visit Afghanistan, and said that high-ranking Afghan officials are willing to visit Iran in the near future.

The Iranian foreign minister, for his part, pointed to the recent presidential election in Afghanistan, and expressed pleasure that “the voting resulted in the formation of a national unity government” in that country.

He noted that the Iranian foreign ministry is ready to broaden cooperation with Afghanistan with the aim of consolidating stability and security in Afghanistan.

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 $50mln annually to Afghan anti-narcotics efforts during the last several years.

By Fars News Agency


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