Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA – First Vice President Ishaq Jahangiri said that terrorist groups have turned into a major problem for the region urging Iran and Afghanistan to cooperate in order to effectively encounter terrorism and drugs smuggling.
Speaking to reporters with the visiting Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah following the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements on sports, tourism, and cultural heritage, he welcomed the negotiations between officials from the neighboring countries saying Iran appreciates its relations with Afghanistan.
He supported expansion of economic and trade ties between Iran and Afghanistan in such areas as transit of goods and construction of railroads, and added 50,000 more children of Afghan refugees in Iran will be covered by universal primary education.
Jahangiri also said that Iran is sensitive about security in Afghanistan regarding it as its own security and believes that economic development can guarantee security in Afghanistan.
He also called for extra seriousness in the joint fight against poppy cultivation and narcotics smuggling.
The Afghan official said exemplary relations between Tehran and Kabul can be a model for regional countries and hailed Iran’s support to his country in various historical junctures.
Abdullah said that Iran’s support has been during the popular uprising, foundation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as well as during the reconstruction period.
Afghanistan’s chief executive also hailed hosting of the Afghan refugees in Iran and provision of medical and educational services to them.
‘Afghanistan has a high regard for its relations with Iran and is ready to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and narcotics,’ he said adding that his meetings in Tehran were helpful in discussing expansion of trade ties.