Kabul determined to expand ties with Tehran

TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) – The two-day joint commission of Iran and Afghanistan cooperation opened in Tehran on Tuesday and will be wrapped up on Wednesday.

“I hope to have these meetings on a regular basis,” said Babak Dinparast, Iran's Deputy Interior Minister for Coordinating Economic Affairs and Regional Development, in the opening session of the 5th joint economic commission of Iran and Afghanistan in Tehran on Tuesday after welcoming the visiting Afghan officials.

Referring to the distinct characteristics shared by the two countries, the Iranian official underlined the importance of the joint commission as the first legal mechanism for developing ties.

“One of the differences of this year’s edition of the commission is the separation of security talks from other areas of cooperation like trade, economy, culture, transit, and education,” highlighted Dinparast, “and it was done after the heads of the two countries agreed upon it during the last year visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Tehran, and it seems to be a good decision.”

He recounted that the joint security commission will be held within two months in Tehran. Dinparast asked the participants to have their notes to be discussed in security commission reminded in the sub-committees of the talks.  

“The latest status of implementation of the articles of the MoU signed at the end of the 4th round of commission is under examination,” articulated the Iranian deputy interior minister, “the draft for the final agreement of the fifth round of the commission is underway by the help of experts from more than 30 executive entities.”

He maintained that the 5th round of the commission will be concluded on Wednesday after the agreements are signed by the chairs of the commission.

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