Iran, Afghanistan discuss strategic ties pact

Tasnim – Foreign minister of Iran and Afghanistan’s ambassador to Tehran weighed plans to finalize a document on strategic relations between the two neighbors.

Afghanistan’s new ambassador to Iran, Abdul Ghafoor Liwal held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Sunday to submit a copy of his credentials.

In the gathering, the two ranking diplomats highlighted the cultural, lingual and religious values that the two neighbors have in common.

Pointing to the centennial of establishment of political and diplomatic ties between Iran and Afghanistan, Zarif and Liwal also discussed the ways for an immediate finalization of a comprehensive document on strategic relations between the two neighbors.

The Iranian foreign minister and the incoming Afghan envoy also stressed the need for stability and security in Afghanistan.

Last month, Iran and Afghanistan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation in the nuclear energy industry.

According to the agreement, Tehran and Kabul will work together in diverse areas of the nuclear industry, such as providing capacities for the manpower and employing nuclear energy in the health sector and agriculture.

Iran and Afghanistan launched talks on a “comprehensive strategic partnership” document in June 2017 as part of efforts to boost bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries in diverse areas.

In the negotiations, a 35-strong delegation of Afghan deputy ministers and other high-ranking Afghan officials comprising five committees weighed plans for closer cooperation with Iran in various fields, including security, defense, economy, culture, and education.