Iran, India, Afghanistan stress cooperation on fighting terrorism

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA – Top foreign ministry officials of Iran, India and Afghanistan stressed regional cooperation on fighting terrorism.

During a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, foreign ministry director generals of Iran, India and Afghanistan emphasized the importance of regional cooperation on fighting the threat of terrorism and extremism.

The Iranian, Indian and Afghan officials discussed also an array of issues of mutual interest, regional developments and explored as well ways to develop trilateral political, economic cultural and transportation cooperation.

Meanwhile, the three countries top foreign ministry officials underlined holding expert meetings on Transit and International Transportation Cooperation trilateral agreement known as the Chabahar Agreement.

Outcomes of the expert meetings and the meetings between the three countries’ industrial and trade representatives are expected to be reviewed in the upcoming meeting of top foreign ministry officials in Afghan capital, Kabul.

The first meeting of Iran, India and Afghanistan foreign ministry director generals was held in New Delhi last spring.

The three top Iranian, Indian and Afghan officials discussed also potential cooperation in the framework of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process.

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was established to provide a platform to discuss regional issues, particularly encouraging security, political, and economic cooperation among Afghanistan and its neighbors.

This region-led dialogue was launched in November 2011 to develop practical coordination between Afghanistan and its neighbors and regional partners in facing common threats, including counterterrorism, counternarcotics, poverty, and extremism.

By IRNA