Iran, Afghanistan discuss bilateral cooperation

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TEHRAN, Aug. 04 (MNA) – Deputy-level Iran-Afghanistan talks have highlighted cooperation on border issues, especially intelligence and security, trade, and fighting drug trafficking.

Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai Afghan Deputy FM who heads a delegation to Tehran sat with Ebrahim Rahimpour, Iran’s Deputy FM for Asia-Pacific Affairs on Thursday in Foreign Ministry building. Mr. Karzai’s entourage includes heads of Afghan Foreign Ministry and policy machinery. Two sides emphasized on political talks and efforts to boost cooperation on security, intelligence, military, and other fields of interest, with special focus on fighting drug trafficking by international cartels.

Organizing immigration and flow of Afghan immigrants to Iran, removing trade barriers, implementation of Chabahar Trilateral Agreements signed earlier in June, Khaf-Herat railroad completion, and other issues provided topics of negotiation in the meeting.

The pressing issue of current situation between Iran and Afghanistan is environmental disaster underway in Iranian side of the border where different governments of Afghanistan glossed over the fact that they had not been allowing Iranian side of the Hirmand River, which had since long passed the border and irrigated Iranian lands. Iranian side of the border now experiences environmental disaster, with underground waters dwindling increasingly, thus rendering the region virtually inhospitable for the locals.

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