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Iran Determined to Cement Ties with Afghanistan: President Rouhani

Iran Determined to Cement Ties with Afghanistan: President Rouhani

TEHRAN – Iran’s President described peace in Afghanistan as peace and stability for the entire region, saying, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood by the people and government of Afghanistan for peace and stability, and the role of the Afghan government in international efforts with the aim of achieving peace is important for Iran".
Speaking in a telephone conversation with the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani on Saturday evening, Dr. Hassan Rouhani felicitated him on Eid al-Adha, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to always deepen relations with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan based on historical and cultural common grounds and strengthening these relations by taking advantage of economic, trade and transit capacity between the two countries".
Dr. Rouhani expressed hope that the comprehensive document on Iran-Afghanistan cooperation would be completed soon, adding, "If the situation caused by the outbreak of coronavirus allows, we can hold an important meeting in the coming months".
"In addition to signing a comprehensive document on cooperation between the two countries in Tehran, we can also record the operation of the Khaf-Herat railway as two historic events in the long list of friendly interactions between the two sides," he continued.
Expressing satisfaction with the establishment of a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan and expressing hope for the continuation and strengthening of the ceasefire and reduction of violence in the country, the President said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the peace process led by the Afghan government and we hope that intra-Afghan talks pivoting around the legitimate government all political groups in Afghanistan and the Taliban will yield results according to the constitution".
Dr. Rouhani expressed satisfaction with the Afghan President's remarks on the results of studies that show the process of controlling the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been alongside the people and government of Afghanistan in fighting coronavirus, and will not spare any effort in this regard".
In this telephone conversation, the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani congratulated Eid al-Adha, and appreciated the goodwill, cooperation and support of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the people and government of Afghanistan, including medical and health services to Afghan refugees in Iran in fighting coronavirus, adding, "Some studies in Afghanistan show the process of controlling the outbreak of coronavirus in Afghanistan, which I hope will be the case".
Stating that the private sectors of the two countries have well known the way of interaction with each other, the President of Afghanistan said, "Chabahar Port is developing at a good pace and I hope that the economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan will develop further by using this capacity".
Ashraf Ghani appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran's position in supporting the system of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the topic of peace and the efforts and cooperation of the foreign ministers of the two countries in this regard and emphasized, "I hope Iran's support for the peace process brings about more peace and security to the region and the world". (ISNA)