Top Afghan commander holds talks with senior Iranian officials

May 14, The Iran Project – Defense Minister of Afghanistan Lieutenant General Tariq Shah Bahrami arrived in Tehran on Saturday (May 13) to meet Iranian authorities.

While in Tehran, Shah Bahrami met with several high-ranking Iranian officials including the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, his counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami, Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi, First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri as well as Police Commander Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari.

Talking to senior Afghan commander, Major General Baqeri stated that Iran has spared no effort to help the security of Afghanistan.

Shah Bahrami, for his part, expressed happiness with his visit to Iran, saying that he felt himself at his second home.

Speaking to Afghan minister, Shamkhani said there are many documents proving that United States and its allies have “shamelessly” attacked the armed forces of Iraq and Syria with the aim of rescuing terrorist groups.

During the meeting, the Afghan defense minister, in part, touched on the long history of cooperation between the two countries and described Iran as Afghans’ “second home”.

He ensured Shamkhani that Kabul will not permit any side to use its soil against Iran.

In a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, the visiting Afghan official hailed Iran as an influential country in the region, saying Afghanistan needs close cooperation with its western neighbor for security and stability.

Urging collective action by regional countries in the war against terrorism, General Bahrami said Afghanistan is eager to receive Iran’s help and experiences for battling terrorist groups.

For his part, Brigadier General Hatami warned of the growing presence of the Daesh) terrorist group in Afghanistan, expressing Tehran’s readiness for cooperation with Kabul in the efforts to destroy the notorious group.

Talking to Afghan minister, Boroujerdi said that Iran-Afghanistan joint defense and security cooperation in the fight against terrorist groups is vital.

The Afghan minister also appreciated the Iranian nation and government’s support for the Afghan people during years of Jihad and resistance, saying that the Afghan nation will never forget Iran’s hospitality and support.

In a meantime, Iran’s first vice president called for unity in Afghanistan and urged dialogue for peace in the country.

The Afghan minister, for his part, stressed the significance of Iran’s support for Afghanistan in various political, military and economic fields.

He asserted that the Afghan government is fighting not only Taliban, but also other terrorist groups like Daesh.

Meanwhile, Iranian police chief and Afghan defense minister underlined promotion of cooperation in fighting terrorism, organized crimes and drug trafficking.

Iran and Afghanistan should boost security in their joint borders and exchange information on fighting drug trafficking, organized crimes and terrorist groups, Iranian Police commander said.

During the meeting, Afghan defense minister said that Afghanistan needs Iran’s support in fighting outlaws, terrorist groups and drug traffickers.

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