Afghan president to visit Iran soon to sign security pact

TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is due to pay an official visit to Iran in the near future to conclude a strategic security agreement.

Nazifollah Salarzi, the Afghan president’s spokesman, said that President Ghani has decided to embark on a visit to Iran to sign a strategic security pact with the neighboring country on further mutual cooperation in the campaign against terrorism and combating drug trafficking.

Salarzi, however, did not mention the exact date of President Ghani’s visit to Iran.

He noted that the strategic pact had been proposed by senior Iranian officials during former Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s tenure and President Ghani is going to sign it now.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Afghan counterpart last had a phone call in October to discuss the latest security developments in the region, and emphasized the need for both Tehran and Kabul to strengthen all-out cooperation.

During the conversation, President Rouhani announced the Iranian nation’s satisfaction over the establishment of national unity government 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 in Afghanistan to better link the two nations.

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

By Fars News Agency

 

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